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SIDWELL TAKES CONFIDENCE FROM ATLETICO GAME

7 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steve Sidwell battles with Antoine Griezmann

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell says the side can take plenty of confidence from yesterday’s narrow 3-2 defeat to Atletico de Madrid at the Amex.

Albion more than matched their opponents in spells of the game, and Sidwell is expecting a similar challenge against Manchester City next Saturday.

He said, “It was a good test and near enough, technical wise, what we’re going to be coming up against next week.

“They pick up these good positions in pockets, attack at pace and that’s exactly what Manchester City are going to do.

“We had good spells in the game offensively and defensively; we’ll look at the goals we conceded, dissect them and see where we could’ve stopped them.

“On the whole it was a good test, the boys did well in patches and it’s good preparation for what’s ahead next week.”

The experienced midfielder praised Mathew Ryan’s performance between the sticks yesterday, and paid little attention to his error that led to Atletico’s opening goal.

“I thought he was brilliant in the first half and made a load of good saves; his distribution was good and unfortunately goalkeepers get judged on one mistake.

“We came in at half-time and said to him you’ve probably been our best player along with Shane Duffy, so it’s nothing to worry about and good job it was a pre-season friendly.

“It won’t affect him, obviously he’ll be disappointed with it being his first home game, but it’s good to get those mistakes out the way and I’m sure once the season starts, he’ll be solid.”


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