Dale Stephens has urged Brighton to use the positives taken from their FA Cup semi-final defeat as a catalyst for a strong end to the season. The Seagulls battled hard but could not get the better of a talented Manchester City side at Wembley, going down 1-0 after Gabriel Jesus’ early strike last Saturday.
Currently sitting 16th in the Premier League table, five points clear of Cardiff in the final relegation place, Chris Hughton’s men can now focus on securing their top flight status. The Bluebirds are the opponents in one of their final seven games, visiting the Amex on Tuesday.
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Before that, Bournemouth head along the coast on Saturday and looking ahead to that game, Stephens has urged his players to use the confidence they took from their near miss against City to inspire them for the remainder of their campaign.
“We’ll take confidence from the semi-final, and there’s no reason why we can’t play like that every week,” he told the club’s website. “That can be the benchmark from now until the end of the season. “There’s a lot of quality in our squad and we feel that we should be better positioned in the league table. “But we’re not and we’ve got a lot of work to do — we certainly take belief from matching a very good team on Saturday.”