Date: 12th October 2016 at 11:56am
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Was the time right for Brighton to have a break? This isn’t something we could do much about as the international break is what it is. David Stockdale though didn’t think this is the worse thing for Albion.

After seven-matches in four-week the ‘keeper has told the Official Website this gave us some ‘down time’ that was needed.

‘People have asked whether the international break has come at a good time for us, given we`d been playing well and getting good results, but I think it`s important you do have some down time when you`ve had an intense run of fixtures.’

He made his comments earlier this week, with training set to take a step up again later in the week with this time to ‘recharge batteries’ also giving some a chance to spend time with families too, adding.

‘We`re not in every day; we`ve been able to spend some time with our families too, helping to recharge the batteries, and I`m sure we`ll be fresh and ready to go when training steps up again next week.’

Those, like Stockdale, that didn’t get a call up for national duty took part in training with U23 players also working with the first-team to ‘maintain the numbers’ with them also looking to impress themselves.

With the Albion no.1 adding.

‘Obviously training during the international break is slightly different because we have a number of players away on duty with their countries, but we bring in the under-23s to train with us, which helps to maintain the numbers.

‘This also ensures the tempo is kept up because they want to make an impression on the management and also prove to themselves that they can perform well alongside the first-team players.’

He concluded that as much as players can mentally relax a little during this break it is of vital importance that ‘tempo in training’ as well as ‘sharpness’ is maintained as the Preston match was always only just around the corner, which is played on Saturday.

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