Brighton vs Watford/ Dale Stephens: We are in good shape and ready for Watford

Dale Stephens in action against Valencia (Ian Westlake)
Dale Stephens in action against Valencia (Ian Westlake)

Dale Stephens insists Brighton are in good shape for the season opener at Watford following Friday night’s win over Valencia at the Amex Stadium.

Goals in either half from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy cancelled out Rodrigo’s opener for the visitors.

He said, “It’s a new style of play and it’s something I’ve enjoyed. The head coach has got some different ideas and he’s freshened things up.

“We’ve had a good few weeks of hard training, and now we can’t wait for the season.”

The winning goal came from Irish defender Duffy, who also scored twice last weekend in the 4-0 win over Birmingham City.

The second of those was again a header from a set-piece, and Stephens praised both the night’s goalscorers after the victory over next season’s UEFA Champions League outfit.

“Shane’s a threat from set-plays and that’s obviously something we look to use to our advantage,” he continued.

“Hopefully he can continue to help us out this season. It’s the same with Glenn [Murray] when you talk about his composure in front of goal.

“He’s our penalty taker and he’s used to those situations. He’s got a wise head on him and we trust that he’ll score.”