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5 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele has been pleased with the progress he’s made since enduring a difficult start to life on the south coast, and is now ready to prove his worth in the Emirates FA Cup.

The 28-year-old is expected to make his Albion debut against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon, and he reflected on what’s been a testing period of his career, before stressing his focus to perform at the Vitality Stadium.

He said, ”I was injured during the summer, which wasn't ideal, but since I came back I feel I've done alright in training and when I've played in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“Looking at the past year, obviously people are going to be questioning and I understand that, but it’s up to me to deliver on the day, it’s as simple as that.

“I’ve got to use my experience. I’ve played an awful lot of football in my career, so I’d like to think I wouldn’t be overawed by a situation.

"We'll stick to our game plan as best we can and hopefully get a positive result. The manager has trust in everybody and Bournemouth will be exactly the same.”

Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts played a big role in bringing Steele to the club last summer, and Albion’s number 23 is keen to repay his mentor for showing faith in his ability.

“I’d never worked with Ben before I came here. I was going to sign for a couple of clubs that he was at previously, but I never did in the end.

“When he called, I didn’t want it to be seen as a favour that I was coming here. People might have looked at it as ‘he’s signing somebody that he knows’, but I didn’t know him.

“It’s been a case of coming in and showing why he believed in me. Hopefully I’ve done that and can continue to do so.”

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