Seagulls must respond against Bluebirds says Stephens

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Dale Stephens has called on Brighton to stand up and be counted after they were plunged into the thick of the relegation battle.

Dale Stephens has called on Brighton to stand up and be counted after they were plunged into the thick of the relegation battle.

The Seagulls slumped to a shocking 5-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday and face Cardiff on Tuesday night knowing another loss would leave Neil Warnock’s side, who lie 18th, just two points behind them.

Midfielder Stephens says now is the time for the Seagulls to show their resolve and is demanding they bounce back against the Bluebirds in what is a huge game for both sides.

‘We don’t use excuses,’ he told the club’s website.

‘We’ve prided ourselves on hard work and preparation for two years in the Premier League, but that was nowhere near it.

‘But we move on and we’ve got a game on Tuesday, and what a massive game it is.

‘We’re in a position where it’s still in our hands, we can still do something about it, which is a fortunate position to be in.

‘The game against Cardiff was massive whatever the outcome against Bournemouth.

Obviously, a result would have lifted the pressure slightly but we’ve got to stand up and be counted.’

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