Albion's captain has a third chance to secure promotion via the play-offs.
Brighton & Hove Albion captain Gordon Greer is aiming to make it third time lucky, heading into the two play-off semi-final matches against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Seagulls skipper was part of both Albion sides that were beaten at the first hurdle of the play-offs in 2013 and 2014, and is now eager to erase the disappointment of Saturday’s draw with Middlesbrough.
He said, “The first year we got into the play-offs under Gus, we were only two points off an automatic promotion place; this time we were level and only missed out by two goals.
“We’ve played really well over the last few months and it’s about us taking that into the next two games.
“I've told the players about my own experiences, when we scored a last-minute goal to get into the play-offs against Nottingham Forest (in 2014) and we were so delighted to get there.
“We’ve still got another chance to go up now and Sheffield Wednesday over two legs will be a tough couple of games, but we’re still in there and we’re still fighting. It’s important we focus on that.
“The play-offs haven’t given me the greatest experiences since I’ve been at Brighton, but hopefully this is our year.”
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Greer expressed his sadness after learning that Dale Stephens would be suspended for the games and paid tribute to the midfielder for his solid performances throughout the campaign.
“I’m gutted for him personally because these are two massive games and I’m sure he wants to play in them.
"He’s been one of our most consistent players all season and he’s a great lad.
“I’m really disappointed he can’t be there for us, but I’m sure he’ll be helping us out off the field.”
The Scotland international admits that achieving promotion to the Premier League would rank as the greatest achievement in his Albion career to date and is confident that the side can secure a place in the Play-Off Final.
“It would definitely be my proudest moment in a Brighton & Hove Albion shirt. It’s the aim of the club to get to the Premier League, but I’m sure it’s the aim of lots of other Championship clubs.
“The infrastructure is fantastic, with the training ground, the stadium and all the staff and players. Now it’s just about us trying to get it right on the park and hopefully we can do it.
“You’ve got two chances to get it right. The first leg is away from home and the first leg is back at our place, so I’m sure both games will be really enjoyable and if we put in two good performances, then we can get the right result.”
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