Date: 15th July 2016 at 6:02pm
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Midfielder and summer permanent signing Steve Sidwell has been speaking of his confidence at Brighton achieving a promotion success this year having narrowly missed out last campaign on both automatic promotion and Play Off promotion.

Speaking to the Official Site with disappointment behind us, Sidwell admitted that with Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City joining us from the Premier League, along with Barnsley, Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic from League One, he was expecting a tougher Championship campaign this year, but it’s one he thinks we should relish.

‘We were thinking to ourselves last season, that if we don`t do it this year, it will be even tougher next time out. We knew that Villa were coming down and you look at it, with Newcastle and Norwich and the teams not going up last year, it`s going to be tough. But the lads proved last year what can be done throughout the season, especially during that amazing run, starting from game one, and it`s going to take that again this year. We can`t take our foot off the pedal. We know the standards and the levels that we need to hit and if we hit them, then we should be there or thereabouts at the end.’

With Villa and Newcastle standing out as new clashes, especially from Sidwell’s time at Villa Park, he went on to say he’s also looking forward to a return to another former club – Fulham.

‘They`re all tough. I know a few of the lads have played in the Premier League and they`ve played at big stadiums and big clubs, but the eye-catching fixtures will be Newcastle and Aston Villa. I didn`t realise how big a club Aston Villa was until I played there. The Fulham one will also be nice because I didn`t play in that game last season. It`s that same cliché where you take it one game at a time, even though I`m saying it now before the season has even started. It`s a tough opening five or six games, but if we start strong and set our stall out, then we should be riding that wave like last year.’

Ending his interview with hopes for the new year ahead, Sidwell also spoke of having a competitive group and praised manager Chris Hughton for his additions to the team so far – as well as his management style.

‘He knows his football and it`s key for players coming to sign that they sit down and see his visions and see where he wants the football club to go. I`m sure there will be a few more players that he`ll try to get though and that`s vital because it`s a tough, long season and you do get injuries along the way. You always need one or two additions that mix it up to strengthen the squad.’

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