Albion's shot-stopper is optimistic going into the play-offs.
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale is adamant that the team can bounce back from yesterday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough and achieve promotion through the play-offs.
Albion missed out on automatic promotion due to a marginally inferior goal difference compared to the Teessiders, but Stockdale is fully confident that his teammates will be ready and focused for the semi-final first leg away at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.
He said, “We’re absolutely gutted, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got two really important matches now, firstly on Friday.
“It’s football, so I’m trying to tell them it isn’t the end, we’ve got another chance.
“We still believe that we can do it and we’ve got the team spirit to go with it.
“If you look at the table, we’ve been pipped to the post by a slightly higher goal difference. That shows what we’ve got as a team.
“We’ve been on an unbeaten run and we only need to continue that for another three games to achieve our goal."
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The Seagulls lost Dale Stephens, who was sent off shortly after his equaliser and prompted the Albion goalkeeper to gather his teammates into a motivating huddle.
“We still believed and I got everyone into a group and said 'we can still do this'."
“They sat back, which played into our hands a little bit and we were just waiting for that one chance and I felt we could’ve got that, but it wasn’t to be.
“I thought we gave absolutely everything and no-one can say otherwise. That’s all we came here to do.
“Fair play to Middlesbrough, good luck to them and hopefully we can join them.”
Albion will now look ahead to the semi-final first leg at Hillsborough on Friday night, before returning to the Amex for the second leg the following Monday. The Seagulls shot-stopper believes their team spirit can carry them all the way to Wembley.
“We told ourselves to take note of this feeling and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“There are some distraught players whose careers have been building up to this, but it’s gone and we’ve now got another chance.
“If we had just made it into the play-offs, we’d be celebrating, so we've had a great season with great spirit and it will keep carrying us through, hopefully to Wembley.”
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