The Irishman says the tie is not over yet.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell urged his team-mates to bounce back quickly following a disappointing 2-0 play-off semi-final first leg defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
It was the Irishman’s first appearance for the side since the FA Cup defeat to Hull City in January and he admitted the scenario surrounding his introduction was not ideal.
He said, “Obviously we’re all very disappointed and we don’t want to lose any game, but under those circumstances, it was a freak game with four players going off injured and ending the game with ten men too.
“In all of my years of playing, I have never seen anything like that. You maybe have one or two, but never four players going off injured.
“It was great to come on, but to do so under those circumstances was unfortunate for the lads that had to come off, because you never wish injuries on any of your team-mates.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now, because we have to go again on Monday.”
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Towell revealed that Albion had to change their approach after going down to ten men due to Anthony Knockaert’s injury and said caution was key to keep the team in contention.
He also issued a rallying cry to the club’s fans and encouraged them to create an electric atmosphere at the Amex on Monday night.
“We just needed to try and consolidate. We knew that we couldn’t go gung-ho to get a goal, we had to be patient and break when we got a chance.
“Sheffield Wednesday are a really good side and they brought on some dangerous players. We knew that we had to soak up the pressure and try to hit them on the break.
“They’ve [the fans] been great all season and I’m sure Monday will be no different.
“We’re definitely going to need the crowd to get behind us and I’m sure they will.”