Date: 28th April 2017 at 2:07am
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Midfielder Steve Sidwell has insisted that Brighton can learn from Stoke City’s journey from the Championship into the Premier League ahead of the game against Bristol City.

With automatic promotion already secured, three points at the Amex Stadium on Saturday would also see Brighton lift the Championship trophy as Champions, and speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game on Thursday, Sidwell said that Stoke were the perfect example of how to achieve top flight sustainability.

Our Goal of the Season winner explained.

‘The best club to carbon copy, from getting promotion to sustaining it and then being a top-ten football club, would be Stoke City. The way that they`ve gone about their business is very similar to this football club, with how it`s run. The owner and his family are from Stoke and support them. Their best interests are in the football club, and I`m sure we`d be looking at their footprint. We can do it; we’ve got the talent here, the togetherness and team spirit. They`re all key ingredients that you need.’

Reflecting further on his award for his 50 yard volley against this weekend’s opposition back in November, he went on to say that it made a nice change for him getting acknowledgement for something other than a crunching tackle.

‘The normal pats on the back and accolades I get are when I`m putting people five foot in the air from a steaming challenge, so to be given an award for that strike is nice. When it happened, the boys said that it would be Goal of the Year. It was a bit early on, as there was a bit of football still to be played. But every time I was watching people take shots from far out, I was half hoping it didn`t go in!’

With one eye on next season with promotion secured in any event this year, he went on to say that how the squad adapted, both physically and mentally, to the top flight challenge would be key.

‘It`s always easier when you`re winning and at the top of the league, the team’s spirit and togetherness is always there. But when we`re seven or eight games without a win, it`s important that we stick together and keep that team spirit. Sometimes you take a win for granted, but next year, every point is vital, especially every win. The quicker we get them on the board, the better. It`s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride.’

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