Albion's defender is determined to achieve promotion next season.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior is confident that the team can bounce back from their play-off disappointment and he is determined to achieve promotion next season.
The experienced full-back admits that last night’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday was hard to take, but feels there is plenty to look forward to once August comes around.
He said, “There is disappointment in not getting through after you’ve worked hard all season.
"The reaction from the crowd at the final whistle was brilliant and they have been absolutely unbelievable all season. I’ve only been here nine or ten months, but it feels like I’ve been here nine or ten years.
“It’s hard to look at the positives when you’ve given so much and don’t get what you quite deserve. But in saying that, what we have done is built a basis for this club going forward and to be successful in years to come. Hopefully I can play a part in that in the future.
“I have been involved in play-off defeats before, I’ve been involved in not winning on the last day to go up before and it stays with you. What it does do is motivate you to make sure that next time it’s you on the right end of the right result.
“Look at Leicester, they missed out on the play-offs, Anthony missed a penalty at Watford and the following season they won the league with nearly 100 points. That will be our aim next season, make no doubt about that. We want to go up next year and this will drive us on to be stronger and better.”
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The defender recognised that the challenge to win promotion next season will be just as difficult, but believes the squad’s character will ensure they are there or thereabouts come May next year.
“Every year is tough in the Championship. It doesn’t matter the size of the club, what matters is the size of the hearts of the players. Are they [the relegated sides] willing to come down to this league?
“What we have shown this week is that we have the stomach for it and it’s going to be another long, difficult season, but I think we have a lot of good times to come.
“I’m delighted to be here and nights like this will stay with me and drive me to help push this club on to where it belongs. I know that when I came to this club, people might have laughed when I said I thought we could do it this year, but we were two goals away from being automatically promoted.
“I believe in all the people at the club, from the top all the way through the club, everyone works together. We’re the end product of that.
“The fans, the people, the board, the staff, everybody is pushing for the club to move in the right direction. We can’t lose that spirit. When we get knocked down, we’ve got to get back up and push on again."