The post-match reaction after Albion's win over MK Dons.
COLIN CALDERWOOD has encouraged Brighton & Hove Albion’s players to relish the challenge of fighting for automatic promotion.
The Albion assistant manager says the pressure of fighting for a place in the top two is nothing in comparison to the scrutiny which comes from being lower down the table.
He said, “There is an end prize which everyone is aware of, but when you’re on the pitch, you can’t get inhibited by thoughts of trying to get automatic promotion or trying to get into the play-offs.
“We’ve had two wins going into the break; we can come back fresh and we have a terrific game against Burnley to look forward to.
“There is no reason to be scared or worried about it. You’ve got to enjoy these moments.
“A season can be riddled with tension because you’re facing relegation or you’re really chasing a play-off place from nowhere. When these moments are here, enjoy them and don’t be inhibited by it.”
Calderwood hailed the unity within the squad and believes all the players are pulling in the same direction, even the ones who are not featuring regularly.
“We’ve got a group that’s very together which you would expect of a team going for the play-offs or automatic promotion.
“The ones who don’t play are supporting the ones that are starting and that’s the basis of what’s good about our club at the moment.”
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KARL ROBINSON felt his MK Dons side were unfortunate to come away empty-handed after Saturday’s defeat to Brighton, but remains confident that they will avoid relegation.
Carl Baker missed a golden opportunity to earn the Buckinghamshire side a share of the spoils after he missed a late penalty, but the Dons boss was full of praise for his players.
He said, "First and foremost I want to say thank you to my players, because I thought we were the better team.
"I thought we were very good - our energy and desire against one of the best teams in the division was there for all to see.
"They've won the lottery, but I've got so much respect for them and for us to be missing so many players and still compete was pleasing.
"We've got to get out of the position we're in, it's as simple as that. Everybody at the football club has got to fight to get out of this and if they want to still be in this league next year then that's what we're going to have to do.
"But there's a tremendous sense of pride for everyone leaving the stadium, because we've pushed them all the way and they've given all they can.”
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