Date: 20th July 2017 at 6:57pm
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Midfielder Dale Stephens has admitted Brighton’s Premier League challenge will be a tough one, but he’s backed himself and his colleagues to rise to the occasion.

Picking out the Crystal Palace fixture as one that stands out in particular, Stephens told the Official Site that everybody simply had to relish the challenge that was in front of us and then show our quality.

‘It will be good to test ourselves against the best players in the country and the world really. I’ll make sure I’m ready for the test. I don’t think it will be easy by any means but I am going into it feeling confident. I feel like I can hold my own. I’m excited to get started. Obviously the big teams are coming here but I’m looking forward to the Palace game. I’ve heard a lot about the game, and I’ve not played in one for Brighton yet.’

Looking forward to the coming campaign, Stephens also admitted that tactically Brighton would have to adapt to suit our opposition and give us the best chance possible of results – but whatever changes happen on that front the squad’s appetite to succeed will hopefully still shine through as it did last year.

‘We are not going to go into every game and play people off the park like we have done for a long time. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the manager did put an extra midfielder in the team for certain games. It’s just a normal approach to the big games. Whatever system we play, we have a squad and a team hungry to succeed at this level. It’s certainly exciting times.’

Stephens ended by saying that we just had to look at the likes of Burnley and Bournemouth to show how much spirit can lift you in this division.

‘You look at Burnley and Bournemouth, they’ve kept the core of the squad that got them there. Togetherness works. I think we’ll do that as well. It will be nice to see everybody get a chance to play at this level.’

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