Date: 6th October 2015 at 5:00pm
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The fact Brighton were able to fend off the interest from Derby, which you can see why they wanted him, in former Charlton man Dale Stephens is reaping even greater rewards with him getting his latest goal on Saturday, which was enough to earn the point against Cardiff that retained Albion’s unbeaten start to the season.

Stephens has told the Official Website this period is ‘the most enjoyable football’ of his career to date.

He’s enjoying playing, which of course is helped by Brighton toping the Championship but this is down to hard work, which will remain the case for him and others during the international break, so it isn’t a break at all!

‘It is probably the most enjoyable football of my career. I’m really enjoying playing in this team, we are top of the league and we are playing well. It helps when you are winning games and everyone in the division would like to be where we are – at the top.

‘We will work hard this week on the training pitch and enjoy the break as well. We have had a couple of international breaks already but it is chance to get some good fitness work in.

‘The league is getting tight, but that is always going to happen because it is so competitive. It’s going to be tough, but we are delighted with the start and long may it continue.’

His third goal of the season, and for a second-match in a row with him on the scoresheet too, was something that pleased him as he’s worked hard on adding goals to him game.

The draw, a third in a row, wasn’t so pleasing though!

Ideally we would have wanted more than a point but the 25-year-old knows that during this break we still have plenty of confidence with him targeting a winning run when the Championship resumes the weekend after next.

‘I have been trying to get into the box a little bit more and it paid off. The speed was already on the ball, so I just tried to guide it in and luckily it went inside the far post.

‘We are disappointed as we did enough to win the game convincingly, but we have only drawn again and that is the last three games where we have only come away with a point.

‘That is disappointing, but we will go into the break now still confident that we can put a good run of wins together.’

Kazenga LuaLua was one of those that did miss the Cardiff game; perhaps his presence could have turned the draw into a win?

Chris Hughton is anticipating him back in training during the international break.

He’s told the Argus he’s hopeful of him being back from his groin injury, and in light training, next week and that shouldn’t leave him too far away.

‘He’s doing okay. The international break will help. We are quite optimistic it won’t be too much longer.

‘We’ll look over this two weeks to get him involved in training, maybe the following week, certainly not this week, and see where we are once we get to the Leeds and Bristol games.

‘We’re hoping it might be some time around then.’

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