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STEPHENS EXCITED FOR FINAL RUN-IN

7 April 2017

The Albion midfielder is gearing up for an exciting climax to the season.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens expressed his excitement for the final six games of the season, and believes reaching the Premier League after coming so close last season would be a special achievement.

The Seagulls take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road this evening, knowing victory will take them 12 points clear of third place, and Stephens is eager to move one step closer to sealing promotion.

He said, “I’m excited. I think it’s the best part of the season. We’ve worked hard to be where we are and we want to finish the job.

“Obviously the disappointment of last season left a bitter taste in everybody’s mouth. But to do it this season [promotion], on the back of what happened, would be special."

“We set out our stall from day one and we’ve done very well up until now, but there’s still a bit of work to be done.

“It would be unbelievable for everybody. When I first joined, it was a different place. But I expected it to be like this, that was one of the reasons why I came to this football club.

“It’s gone from strength to strength. Credit to the manager and everyone upstairs, and we’re now looking to repay them by the beginning of May.”

Albion can move one step closer to reaching the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, and Stephens believes promotion to England’s top flight would top his list of achievements.

"It would be the biggest thing in my career and a lot of the players are in the same situation, but it's important we don't get carried away.

"We're in a good position and have done well so far, but there's a bit of work to be done and we're looking forward to it.”

"We've got six games left and it all boils down to these games at the end of the day.

"We’re confident and not going to change. We're a good team and we're looking to finish the job off.”



Stephens opened the scoring with an unconventional finish for the Seagulls at Loftus Road last season, but the midfielder insists he’s more than happy to let the club’s top goalscorer, Glenn Murray, take the plaudits this time around.

"I've been reminded of that already when I travelled into training with Sam [Baldock]. He wants another one, but I'm not sure I could do that again.

"It was a strange one. I just managed to nudge him out of the way and flick it over. It didn't feel like an overhead kick.

"I'd liked to have scored more [this season], but I'm not too fussed because Muzza [Glenn Murray] has come in and scored 20, so I'll happily let him score all the goals."


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