Crofts inspired by his Brighton Belle

The Argus: Andrew Crofts with new daughter Belle Andrew Crofts with new daughter Belle

Andrew Crofts has vowed to become Albion’s midfield daddy again – after a boost from a Brighton Belle.

The new father-of-two is fired up for today’s visit of Bolton following the birth of his daughter.

Crofts was granted leave by the club from last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Huddesrfield and she was born hours later.

The midfielder said: “I’ve got a little boy already who is nearly four, called Ryan, and had a little girl at the weekend called Belle. Being a dad is the best thing in the world for me and I’m buzzing.

“Saturday night was a great night, because not only did I have a baby girl, we got the three points as well.”

Crofts’ return to Albion after he was re-signed in the summer from Norwich has been stop-start, including seven weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Now he is ready to recapture the form which earned him the captaincy in his first spell under Gus Poyet, a move to Norwich and promotion to the Premier League.

He said: “The injury set me back a little bit but I am getting back to where I want to be. I am getting nice and strong and fit and in training this week, after the birth of my baby girl, I’ve felt right at it.

“I’d give myself a seven so far this season but I am hoping to push on from that. There’s a lot more I want to give and now I am getting back to full fitness I think people will start seeing it.”

Albion have the chance to make it three wins out of four and stretch their unbeaten run to six games by recording their 1,000th home league victory against relegated Wanderers.

“Things are coming together nicely,” said Crofts. “A few weeks ago we were on a bit of a not so good run but now it’s totally different.

“We are looking strong. Performances have been really good and if we can keep building on that everyone knows what a good side we are.”

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10:17am Sat 24 Nov 12

mark by the sea says...

Congratulations, time for him and Hammond to click and produce the football they are capable of..
The side have not played poorly, just not taken chances .
With a bit of confidence and maybe forward and Vicente getting off the his injury paranoid moments, we could be top in jan.
Congratulations, time for him and Hammond to click and produce the football they are capable of.. The side have not played poorly, just not taken chances . With a bit of confidence and maybe forward and Vicente getting off the his injury paranoid moments, we could be top in jan. mark by the sea

10:46am Sat 24 Nov 12

tug509 says...

Congratulations Crofty and family,what a lovely early Christmas present.

Great to hear your almost back to top form,we certainly need it today,against an impressive squad of players.

Not impressed with some of the headlines and comments on the Bolton News though,freedman seems to think today is about him and his connections with cp.

Come on Gus,attack from the start,we dont want to be the first to give them a clean sheet away. UTA
Congratulations Crofty and family,what a lovely early Christmas present. Great to hear your almost back to top form,we certainly need it today,against an impressive squad of players. Not impressed with some of the headlines and comments on the Bolton News though,freedman seems to think today is about him and his connections with cp. Come on Gus,attack from the start,we dont want to be the first to give them a clean sheet away. UTA tug509

11:45am Sat 24 Nov 12

Alfie T says...

Yes, let's hope his good news gets him back to where he needs to be, commanding and winning the midfield battles. So far,his return has been underwhelming.
Yes, let's hope his good news gets him back to where he needs to be, commanding and winning the midfield battles. So far,his return has been underwhelming. Alfie T

8:04pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Freeloaders says...

100% down to him & Barnes we did not get the points again today.Norwich did not just think lets give back Bighton a very good prem league player.His yet another very big nightclub drunk.Something that started after his first season at Norwich once he got the big money.Again thats why know other clubs came in for him.
100% down to him & Barnes we did not get the points again today.Norwich did not just think lets give back Bighton a very good prem league player.His yet another very big nightclub drunk.Something that started after his first season at Norwich once he got the big money.Again thats why know other clubs came in for him. Freeloaders

10:25am Sun 25 Nov 12

Thepro says...

Freeloader that is a ridiculous post. To claim we didn't get the points because of two players is plain stupid, especially when one of them only came on with less than 20 mins to go! Why don't you try getting behind the team and its players?! The statement you have made about Crofts being a nightclub drunk is beyond belief as I know someone who is very close to him, and everyone in football knows Andrew Crofts is Teetotal and is a fantastic professional which is why Gus brought him back. To make things up about people's personal life is a disgrace so next time you post get your facts right and get behind the team or don't bother!
Rant over.
Yesterday's game was some of the best stuff we've played in a while following on from last week. We passed with pace and purpose which hasn't always been the case and on another day could have beaten a poor Bolton side by 3 or 4. Still four points from the last two tricky fixtures is a good return and if we are still in the mix come January I expect Gus to be shrewd and bring in the striker we need to support CMS and get us into the play offs which will be a great achievement.

Seagulls!!!
Freeloader that is a ridiculous post. To claim we didn't get the points because of two players is plain stupid, especially when one of them only came on with less than 20 mins to go! Why don't you try getting behind the team and its players?! The statement you have made about Crofts being a nightclub drunk is beyond belief as I know someone who is very close to him, and everyone in football knows Andrew Crofts is Teetotal and is a fantastic professional which is why Gus brought him back. To make things up about people's personal life is a disgrace so next time you post get your facts right and get behind the team or don't bother! Rant over. Yesterday's game was some of the best stuff we've played in a while following on from last week. We passed with pace and purpose which hasn't always been the case and on another day could have beaten a poor Bolton side by 3 or 4. Still four points from the last two tricky fixtures is a good return and if we are still in the mix come January I expect Gus to be shrewd and bring in the striker we need to support CMS and get us into the play offs which will be a great achievement. Seagulls!!! Thepro

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