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STOCKDALE PLEASED WITH CRUCIAL SAVE

3 January 2017

Albion's shot-stopper was delighted to keep out Stefan Johansen's spot-kick.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale was delighted to make a crucial penalty save on his return to Craven Cottage yesterday, as the Seagulls recovered from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory.

Stockdale revealed he had done his research on Fulham’s penalty takers before the game, and explained the moment of sportsmanship that followed in the aftermath of keeping out Stefan Johansen’s strike.

He said, “We do our homework for each game and a big shout-out goes to [goalkeeper coach] Ben Roberts. He spends a lot of time with the analysis videos, sends them to us and he gets angry when we don’t download them in time!

“We watch people’s penalties and it’s nice to save one. For me to come back here, and make a penalty save in a game we go on to win makes it even better.

“I gave him [Johansen] a little handshake afterwards. He did his job by putting it on target, but had he scored I might not have done the same thing!

“It’s sportsmanship and you don’t want people’s livelihoods to be affected, but I’m looking after number one and our team. We need to carry on and go from here.”

Albion’s goalkeeper paid tribute to Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, who put in commanding performances at the heart of the defence, and believes they have what it takes to play at the highest level.

“They were fabulous, outstanding and brilliant, which word do you want me to use?

“It’s hard because Connor [Goldson] was in last season, as was Uwe [Huenemeier]. We’ve got four centre-backs that could get into this team.

“It’s hard for Connor and Uwe, but from what they [Dunk and Duffy] were doing in the game, I would put them in a Premier League side.

“To have them in front of you, and knowing they’ve got your back when you’re coming out for a shot, it's a grounding to work off for the whole team.”

Stockdale also believes that yesterday’s victory proved that there is an incredible amount of determination within the squad, after the side picked up three points without being at their fluent best.
 
“The big thing for me was the character again. To not play well by our own standards against a good side like Fulham is a big thing going forward for us.

“If we can win at a place like Fulham and be nowhere near our best shows character. We’ll be back on that training pitch trying to put those wrongs right and you can only learn from your mistakes.”

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