Liam Rosenior says Brighton & Hove Albion must take inspiration from their opening day victory over Nottingham Forest, going into tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Southend United.
The Seagulls face the League One side at Roots Hall tonight, 7.45pm kick-off and the 30-year-old insists it is vital to keep the winning momentum going.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It was really pleasing; not just the result but the manner that we went about it and hopefully it sets us up now. We’ve got three consecutive away games and we need to go into them with confidence to get the results that we want.
“It’s going to be a difficult game. Phil Brown is a really experienced manager, they gained promotion last season and they did fantastically to get to the play-off final and win that.
For me personally, it’s a good memory as we [Hull City] played them in an FA Cup third round tie and ended up getting to the final, so it would be great if that could happen again for us in this competition.
“It’s always a tough place to go and we need to make sure that we’re right at it from the kick-off because they’re going to be full of energy, full of running and wanting to turn us over. We have to make sure we stand up to their challenge, play our football and hopefully win the game.”
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The 30-year-old was one of Chris Hughton’s summer signings, arriving on a three-year deal following his departure from Hull City. Rosenior highlighted the importance of competition for places, while he battles for a place in the starting line-up with Bruno and Inigo Calderon.
“I said when I came here that I’m not expecting to play every week; not because of my ability but because we’ve got very good players in our squad. If you want to be successful, you need 16 or 18 players to be able to do that, so I’d like to think I’m pushing Bruno to perform at a higher level and that’s my job as well.
“If I get the chance, then I know I’ve got someone of the highest quality in this league, pushing me for my place. It would do Inigo Calderon a disservice not to speak of his quality in this league. You’ve got the best right backs in the league fighting it out for the position and I’m more than happy to fight for that.”
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