Date: 21st March 2016 at 3:05pm
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Midfielder Dale Stephens has been giving his thoughts about the hard fought victory over MK Dons at the weekend and he knew it was a vital three points for Brighton as we continue our promotion push this year in the Championship.

With Middlesbrough beating Hull City one nil in Friday’s game, Brighton slipped out of the automatic promotion spots after working so hard to get there, but the two nil victory over MK Dons moved us back into second place and one point above Middlesbrough – although they continue to have a game in hand.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press interviews, Stephens explained.

‘It was a disappointing result seeing Middlesbrough score in the last minute, but we`ve got to look after ourselves and we did that. We knew the task ahead was going to be difficult. Hull, Burnley and Middlesbrough are going to pick up points but they`re going to lose them too, and it`s up to us to do our best to get maximum points from every game. The fans brought a lot of encouragement yesterday and it was great to have so many supporters there. We wanted to send them home happy and the gaffer said that to us before the game.’

The 26 year old, like assistant gaffer Colin Calderwood, knew the outcome could’ve been different had their late penalty went in, but for him he felt Brighton should’ve sown the game up ahead of that point anyway, and that did frustrate him.

‘It`s not a penalty. The ball has hit Tomer in the face and thankfully it`s evened itself out and they missed the penalty. I asked him [the referee] after the game and he said it`s hit number six`s arm, but it didn`t. Some decisions go against you. We were 2-0 up and good for that lead. It was disappointing not to see it out or even go 3-1 up after Tomer had a goal disallowed, which was a fraction offside. Those decisions can change games and thankfully it went in our favour.’

With the international break now upon us, Stephens added that he felt the break had come at the right time for the squad as we go into it in good spirits and on the back of a win, but it also means the players can properly recharge now.

‘The lads have played a lot of football. It will be good to have a little break, so we`ll do that and hopefully finish the season strongly.’

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