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STEELE: THEIR DEDICATION IS UNBELIEVABLE

6 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Jason Steele in action against AFC Bournemouth.
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele praised the defensive determination from his team-mates in Saturday’s 3-1 Emirates FA Cup third round win over AFC Bournemouth.
 
Steele made his Albion debut between the sticks at the Vitality Stadium, and admits he was awestruck by the level of defending by all ten outfield players on the pitch.
 
He said, “It’s no disrespect to anyone I’ve played with before, but the way those players in front of me work and their dedication to not let the ball go in the back of the net is unbelievable.
 
“We were under the cosh a lot in terms of ball possession, and the boys stuck at it with the two centre-halves and the full-backs stopping the crosses and picking up men.
 
“Even the little things like the way they marked their men so tightly meant I could come out and claim things.
 
“Personally, I was very excited to play again. This club has given me an awful lot in the last few months and I just wanted to show why I’ve been working hard. Thankfully it worked out for myself and the team today.”
 
 
 
Steele highlighted Lys Mousset’s chance in the first half as a defining moment in the game and expressed his satisfaction with his overall performance on his debut.
 
“I felt really sharp. Mousset missed that chance in the first half after Duffers [Shane Duffy] made an unbelievable block, and that’s the sort of the luck you need on your debut. Thankfully the boys were brilliant.
 
“I made a couple of saves, I’m disappointed I conceded a goal, but I haven’t watched it back and I don’t think there’s a lot I could have done about it.
 
“It was a good strike and I felt that it was going to take something good to beat me. That’s a nice positive frame of mind to have and it’s not something I’ve had for a long time.”
 
 
The shot-stopper also praised the fans’ backing in Dorset, and explained he would prefer a home tie in the fourth round as this would provide an opportunity to make a first appearance at the Amex.
 
“For me, you don’t know what’s going to happen team wise, but it would be nice to play at the Amex with our crowd.
 
“The crowd on Saturday were unbelievable and their support gave me an extra boost to do my best for them.
 
“There was a lot of negative stuff about me last season and they could have easily got on my back, but they’ve been brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.”

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