Date: 12th October 2016 at 7:33pm
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All footballers want to play no matter what stage of their career they’re at with Steve Sidwell no different. However the Brighton midfielder who returned to the club permanently this summer from Stoke, after his loan last, knows this is Chris Hughton’s call.

Sidwell was in the starting XI for the win over Sheffield Wednesday ahead of the international break with the 33-year-old set to battle it out with Ollie Norwood and Dale Stephens, now that he’s back from suspension, for the two places with Beram Kayal continuing to sit out due to injury against Preston at the Amex Stadium.

That Wednesday match saw Sidwell and Norwood get the nod, they’ll hope to keep their places but the experienced midfielder has told the Argus as much as he feels he should be in the starting XI he’ll back Hughton’s decision.

‘It doesn`t matter how old you are you always wants to play, whether you are in your twenties or late thirties. And mentally you always think you can play. The body will tell you different once you get older. I`ve had to learn you can`t play every game. I`ve come with the mindset I want to play and I`m good enough to be in the starting eleven. If that is not the fact then that`s the manager`s call.’

No ‘tantrum’ will be thrown either.

If Hughton doesn’t include Sidwell for the Preston visit on Saturday he’ll merely continue working hard to ensure he’s giving the boss a decision to make by working hard in training and taking his chance when it does arise.

‘I am old enough and wise enough to get on with that and not throw tantrums. I`ve never been that kind of player. You just get on with it and help the team out, wait for a chance and when it comes grab it with both hands.’

With plenty of competition for places within a squad that has a good amount of quality too it this will be something Hughton is happy with but he’ll not be able to keep all happy all the time.

Sidwell concluded that even when players aren’t involved they still have a part to play with ‘encouragement’ and support given.

‘We are fortunate here to have a healthy squad and competition for places. The most important thing is if you are not involved in the starting eleven, how ever disappointed you are, it`s key to play your role and give the other boys the best encouragement to go out and win.’

Will this weekend finally be the weekend that Brighton score against Preston with the most recent matches ending in goalless draws with Sidwell, as it happens, the last Albion player to score against Simon Grayson’s side in a two-all draw some 14-years ago!

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