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Steve Sidwell is looking forward to returning to former club Fulham with promotion-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 34 year-old midfielder spent three and a half years at Craven Cottage, making 114 appearances and scoring 17 goals for the Whites as they qualified for the Europa League.

“It’s good to go to back to one of my former clubs,” Sidwell said. “I’ve done it several times now.

“It will be nice to go back and I have very fond memories of playing at the Cottage, it’s a lovely place to go. But I’ll be in the away dressing room and fully fighting for the cause.

“I can picture it now, Brighton fans taking that whole section behind the goal. It will be a good game, taking place at the turn of the year, and I have been very impressed with them. I’ve been to see them a couple of times this year and I thought they were one of the best teams we’ve played this year football wise.”

At the end of November at the Amex, Albion mounted a second half recovery, goals by Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory against a Fulham side that sparkled for 45 minutes.

Sidwell said: “In the first half it felt like I was playing back in the Premier League and if they had taken their chances they could’ve been 3-0 up. So we know that we need to be on top form defensively and attacking wise as well.

“They had a really good start to the season and they probably showed to people that last year was a blip for them. They went on a really good run of playing good football and people said Fulham could be a force this year. Then they slowly tailed off and are coming back in. From what I’ve seen and performance wise, they’ve been relatively sound throughout the season and not taken their chances.”