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STEPHENS HAPPY TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE

17 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens is happy to take more of a leadership role in the squad and set the right standards on the pitch.
 
Stephens has become one of the longest-serving players at the club and spoke honestly about his qualities in terms of being a calming presence in midfield.
 
He said, “I lead more by example rather than screaming or shouting. We’ve got a few players of a similar stature. 
 
“Dunky [Lewis Dunk] is vice-captain and he’s not a screamer or shouter, so he just sets an example that waY, it’s something that’s come later on in my career and I’m happy to do that.
 
“With the sort of player I am, I’m not going to get fans on the edge of their seats. I fully understand the role in the team - I’m not going to be a crowd pleaser, but I know my job and the levels I need to hit.
 
"If I don’t hit those levels, then our squad is good enough for me not to play. I know my levels, and hopefully I’ll hit them regularly, I aim to be eight out of ten every week, and I aim to stay at a level where I am consistently that good.”
 
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The midfielder looked into today's game with Millwall at The Den in more detail and the prospect of playing at Wembley Stadium again, but explained it’s a brilliant opportunity for both clubs, after avoiding the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the draw.
 
“It would be massive [reaching Wembley]. It was an away game last year against Spurs at Wembley, but this would be a huge occasion for everybody. 
 
“It would certainly be the furthest I’ve got in this competition if we do make it. But it will be tough and they’ll be saying the same things over at Millwall, and are probably as happy as us with the draw, so I’m sure they will be up for it.”
 
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Following Sunday’s game, Albion have a 13-day break until their next match at home to Southampton in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium, and Stephens feels it will help their cause ahead of the weekend.
 
“The fixtures have allowed us to view it as a one-off game because it’s not jammed between a hectic league schedule.
 
“The last two results have bred more confidence. We need to be consistently at that level of performance, and hopefully the results will continue.”

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