Upson Claims Player Of The Year Award
As expected Matt Upson was named as the Brighton Player of the Year at Tuesday's awards evening.
Now very much in the twilight of his career, but still going strong, the 35 year old former England international was rightly crowned our best player meaning he wins such an award for the first time in his career.
Talking to BBC Sussex Upson expressed his delight at winning the award, which means so much more owning that is comes from those that have watched you throughout the season and appreciated your consistency.
'I'm 35 and haven't won it before. I'm very pleased.
'To get that kind of recognition of what you've done over a season is important and it's very rewarding that people have appreciated what you've done and that you've worked hard to try and maintain a level of performance over quite a long period.'
A big question now is will Upson be around to defend his award? If he is will that be with us as a Premier League side or still a Championship one? This latter of these questions could be answered this weekend if Reading match, or better, our result.
Upson's experience and composure should come in handy for us this weekend.
Composure is something that he knows we've got to show plenty of if we're to have a chance of making the play offs, even if it's out of our hands at the moment with Reading know that as long as they matched our result against Nottingham Forest when they play Burnley it'll be enough.
'We have to play with intensity but composure and not get flustered. We've just got to go out and leave everything on the pitch and what will be will be.
''We've got to have a real bite about our play, which at this stage of the season is quite difficult as there are some tired legs and we've played a lot of games.
'You have to really maintain that focus. We've got to be really focused and make good decisions.'
Well played to Upson, he's won the Player of the Year award and definitely deserved too but I'm certain he would trade that for promotion given the choice.
Hopefully we'll be left with an 'ideal world' situation where both come off!
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