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15 February 2017

The Albion midfielder highlighted the importance of staying positive.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell remained upbeat following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town last night and emphasised their strong position in the table.
On a dramatic night full of twists and turns across the Sky Bet Championship, Albion’s lead over third-placed Huddersfield Town was cut to four points, but Sidwell was keen to put matters into perspective.
He said: “It’s an important time for us to stick together and we’re still in a strong and healthy position. We’ve got to remember that.
“We just need to be composed, more ruthless and worry about ourselves and not about anyone else. Other teams can pick up points, but as long as we do as well, then that’s fine.
“There’s a long way to go yet, there are lots of games to play and lots of points to play for. There are going to be games where we pick up points and others don’t. We just need to concentrate on ourselves.
“We’re in good spirits, we’re in a healthy position and we might need to take a step back and see what we’ve achieved so far and kick on for the last part.”

The midfielder admits that teams will come to the Amex attempting to stifle their free-flowing style of football, and stressed that they must thrive upon the pressure of being in the top two.

“We’ve got to deal with teams coming here and setting their stall out, a bit like Ipswich.
“If we want to go up, we need to deal with this pressure. We’ve got the experience and talent to do that.
“All we’ve got to do is do what we’ve done all season and that’s to play football the right way, create chances and keep it tight at the back. If we do that, we’ll win football matches.”
Sidwell believes the club’s fans have a huge part to play in the final third of the season, particularly with home games against Reading and Newcastle United to come at the end of February.
“We always knew that February and the beginning of March was going to be very big for us. There are going to be a lot of twists and turns and every game in this league is tough.
“We need the fans as much as possible and we need them to make this place a fortress. It really makes a difference, and you can feel that. We need them to be as loud and proud as ever for this final run-in now and they’ll play their part.”

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