Date: 2nd May 2017 at 1:54pm
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Midfielder Steve Sidwell has echoed manager Chris Hughton’s disappointment at seeing Brighton miss out on lifting the title again last weekend but he’s insisted that the players will show their character when we face Aston Villa this weekend and end the year in style.

With a double defeat to Norwich City and Bristol City, the title has not yet been decided with Newcastle United breathing down our necks but victory at Villa Park would secure the title to go with automatic promotion.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, a disappointed Sidwell explained.

‘I`m massively disappointed, considering what Saturday could and should have been. I know we`ve got another chance next week, but our hopes were pinned on this game. No disrespect to Bristol City, but with us being at home and our record at home, the celebrations should have been better out there. The lap of honour should have been with the trophy, but we`ve got another chance at Villa Park next week. It`s going to be very tough, especially after two defeats, but we`ll have to pick ourselves up and show character. We get three bites at the cherry and we`ll need the third one.’

Asked if he could identify what went wrong in the City defeat, Sidwell didn’t believe that nerves were an issue as we’ve coped with the pressure well all year, it has just been a mini blip.

‘I don`t think it was nerves. We`ve had bigger games this season where we`ve had to grind out a result, and we`ve done that. Maybe it was just the whole party feel. I can understand that they wanted to make it a day for everyone to enjoy, and obviously we`ve let them down with that. I can guarantee you that there`s a lot of heads down and it feels like a real disappointment, but we`ve got one more game to go and we`ll give it our all.’

With a return to former club Villa next up in the final fixture of the year, it’s in our hands and Sidwell went on to say.

‘They`ll want to finish on a high, with it being their last home game as well. They`re going to want to end on a good note for their fans. We need to go there in the right frame of mind, and each one of us will need to be at the top of our game to get something out of it.’

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