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STUART PRAISES ALBION'S ORGANISATION

19 October 2017

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Graham Stuart

Former Charlton Athletic star Graham Stuart says Brighton & Hove Albion's organisation will give them a great chance of extending their Premier League stay, having been impressed by their early season from.

The midfielder - who spoke to BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com at the Premier League Live Event in Bengaluru last week, where he was representing Everton - was part of the Charlton team which won promotion to the top flight in 2000.

He said, "It's important when you're starting out in the Premier League that you are well organised, well drilled and there's a good camaraderie between the players, because that can take you a long way.

"That's the secret for Brighton to stay in the Premier League, and if you can continue that and slowly and surely build as a football club, they can go from strength to strength.

"It is important to have a good start and the Premier League is no place to be playing catch up if you're a newly-promoted side. If Brighton can keep their heads above water all the way through the season, they'll be fine."

Stuart also knows a thing or two about how difficult it is to stay there. After helping Charlton to two promotions in three years, he was part of Alan Curbishley's Charlton side which defied the odds season after season, and even challenged for a top-four finish in 2003/04.

"We got into a habit at Charlton and at first we would say let's get to 40 points. There's nothing wrong with that, but once you've been there for two or three seasons, you can't keep saying the same things.

"At that point, teams need to have a bit of belief in themselves to keep pushing. We used to get 40 points by February and psychologically we'd crumble because we did what we expected to do.

"For Brighton, this season is all about staying in the Premier League, but they shouldn't be afraid to build on it in years to come and set their sights on more than just staying up. You've got to evolve as a side, and I wish Chris all the best of luck."


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