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4 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Jason Steele spoke to the media ahead of Albion's Emirates FA Cup match at AFC Bournemouth.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele highlighted his commitment towards encouraging his team-mates to succeed, while also regaining his confidence between the sticks after joining the Seagulls last summer.

The shot-stopper is expected to make his Albion debut in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Steele has provided competition for Maty Ryan and David Button this season, and the 28-year-old praised his Australian team-mate, before assessing the importance of all pulling in the same direction.

He said, “Maty’s been unbelievable over the past year-and-a-half, without a doubt he’s the number one goalkeeper here.

“It was an opportunity for Butts [David Button] and I to come here and develop again. Especially with my own circumstances, it was a chance to regain my confidence and belief in my ability again.

“We all want to play football — you want to be out there showcasing what you’re trying to do every day in training.

“Obviously as a number two or number three, you don’t really get that opportunity, but it’s a team game and you’re there for your team-mates.

“You try to be positive and encourage them. You make a lot of friends through football, so you want to see them succeed.”

Albion open their Emirates FA Cup account against the Cherries this weekend after reaching the quarter finals of the competition last season, and Steele spoke fondly about the famous trophy and Albion’s chances of reaching the next round.

“The FA Cup is still a special, special competition — it’s a competition I love playing in and it’s something I’ll continue to relish.

“I can’t remember how old I would have been, maybe 11 or 12, but I remember [Steven] Gerrard scoring that goal against West Ham — that sticks in my mind an awful lot.

“We know how difficult it’s going to be on Saturday, but it’s a great chance to progress and I’m sure Bournemouth will be thinking the same thing.

“At the end of the day, whoever’s playing for the respective teams is going to want to win. Both teams will give their all to make sure they’re in the next round.”

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