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STOCKDALE'S PENALTY PREPARATION

21 January 2017

The Albion shot-stopper applauded his goalkeeping coach.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale heaped praise on coach Ben Roberts, after his crucial penalty save in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.
 
Stockdale made a stunning double save to keep out Fernando Forestieri’s initial strike and his effort on the rebound, and Albion’s shot-stopper highlighted the meticulous preparation which Roberts prepares before each game.
 
He said, “For the first save, the Sky pundits might say it’s a nice height for him, but they can’t say that about the second one!
 
“You don’t usually get so much credit for a penalty save, but a big shout-out goes to Ben Roberts from me. I said that at Fulham and I’ll say it again. He puts in so much time with our pre-match pack as goalkeepers, not just penalties, but everything.
 
“It’s just not penalties, but free-kicks, how they set up at free-kicks and all sorts of situations. You name it, it’s on there.”
 
“We don’t give up. I got the obligatory whiplash after the players when I saved it, and we went on to do something special.”

The Albion shot-stopper also reflected on the frenetic nature of Friday’s game, and commended the team’s determination to bounce back from the setback of last week’s defeat at Preston.

“I almost forgot the score at the end! I don’t know how many people were left on the pitch at the end.
 
“When I looked at the board, we were still winning 2-1 when the referee blew the whistle and that’s all that counts.
 
“You might have heard the music blaring at the end. We still had team spirit last week and when you hit a dip like that, the main thing is to bounce back in any way possible.”

Stockdale says Albion have proved their ability to come back time and time again after a string of dramatic victories, but says the squad won’t get carried away.
 
“We did it at Birmingham, Fulham and we did it again today, how many times are people going to write us off?
 
“We’re going to keep standing tall, it’s another three points closer to where we want to be and we’ll do the same thing on Tuesday [v Cardiff].
 
“You don’t get an extra point for the win being massive, or one less for it being a scrappy win, three points is three points and we now move on.”

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