The experience midfielder reflected on Monday's result and looked ahead to next season,
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell has no doubt that the team can gain promotion to the Premier League sooner rather than later and praised the fans for their incredible support during Monday’s play-off semi-final second leg.
Speaking after the side’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, the experienced midfielder reiterated his belief that the club is geared up for the top flight and hailed the Amex faithful for generating an incredible noise inside the stadium.
He told SeagullsPlayerHD, “When I signed, and throughout the season, I said to everyone that this club is geared up for the Premier League. The infrastructure is here and we’ve come very close this season. Next year we need to go one step further.
“It’s incredible [the fans’ support] and you can see what it does. You look at the Middlesbrough game a couple of weeks back, they were fantastic there and at Sheffield Wednesday too. In the second leg, I thought our fans were magnificent again and it really does play a part.
“That old saying of the twelfth man really was the case.”
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Sidwell also praised the impact of both manager Chris Hughton and assistant boss Colin Calderwood, which has seen the team transformed from relegation strugglers to promotion contenders.
“When they came in, the position of the football club compared to where it is now is chalk and cheese.
“The team is playing attractive football and scoring goals. I’m sure there will be a lot of Albion fans that are happy with what they’ve seen. We want them to come back, support us next year and we go again.”
The 33-year-old echoed the sentiments of his manager and Liam Rosenior by aiming to use the disappointment from this season going into the next and paid tribute to chairman Tony Bloom for his message of support after the game.
“It will be tough. I don’t think you can get any closer to achieving a dream and it felt like we had one hand on our goal as such and it’s been snatched away from us.
“The motivation comes from looking around and seeing that hurt on your team-mates’ faces. That’s the motivation for next year to say we don’t want to be in this situation again.
“The chairman congratulated us on our efforts and said we couldn’t have done any more, not just on Monday, but throughout the season, which was nice. There’s a lot of pride in that dressing room.”