Albion's loanee striker reviewed yesterday's draw with Derby.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker James Wilson was keen to take the positives from yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Derby County, as his late stoppage-time strike claimed a share of the spoils.
The Manchester United loanee fired home a close-range shot deep into injury time leaving Albion needing a win away at Middlesbrough to secure automatic promotion – a scenario which Wilson relishes.
He said, “We're disappointed but as the manager said, if someone had told us that coming into the last game of the season we'd need one win to get automatic promotion, we'd have bitten their hands off. We didn't get the result we wanted, but the goal gives us a lift really.
“It’s all about confidence; the fans gave the players a real lift in the dressing room, a great lift, and the goal means we’re not going into the last game on the back of a defeat.
“You could ask many players how they'd feel about going into this situation and they would say something different, but personally I'd prefer to go into the game needing a win, because it starts getting nervous with 20 minutes to go if it's still 0-0.
“I think I'd prefer to go up there and give it a good go.”
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The 20-year-old says Saturday’s game at the Riverside will rank as one of the biggest moments in his fledgling career and says he is happy to put a frustrating period in the season behind him.
“Obviously my debut stands out a lot, but in terms of pressure on a game for the team and the fans, it's going to be right up there with the best of them.
“I picked up an illness through the Christmas period and I've been in and out of the team, so I've just had wait for my chance to get back in and I managed to score.
“My fitness is good and I'm training well so hopefully I can contribute to the last game of the season; I'm looking forward to it.”