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20 January 2017

Albion's striker is eager to return to winning ways tonight.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock admitted last Saturday’s defeat to Preston North End was disappointing, but believes the result can galvanise the team ahead of this evening’s game against Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex.

Albion’s 18-game unbeaten league run came to an end at Deepdale, but the 27-year-old insists the feeling of defeat can be used as a positive, as the Seagulls look to return to winning ways.

He said, “Obviously it hurt, but no team’s going to go unbeaten for the rest of the season. We’ve got our heads around it now and we know where we need to improve.

“We weren’t at the races but if anything, some people are saying that it could be a blessing in disguise, because of the incentive to not get that [losing] feeling again.

“We obviously want to kick on again and go on another unbeaten run now. You have to be at your best to beat anyone, that’s the quality of the Championship.

“It wasn’t a nice dressing room up at Deepdale and we don’t want to experience that again."

Baldock praised the electric atmosphere created at the Amex for last season’s play-off semi-final second leg against the Owls, and complimented the club’s supporters for their tremendous support.

“In terms of how we played and how the crowd responded, the atmosphere was one of the best that I’ve ever played under.

“The whole stadium and city were not defeated, they knew we could still achieve something special.

“Had that goal not been allowed just before half-time, I think it would have been a completely different outcome.

“But the whole place got behind us and it wasn’t just the 11 on the pitch that penned them in, it was everyone that was there.”

Albion sealed their first-ever victory at Hillsborough in the reverse fixture this season, and Baldock expects another close contest against Carlos Carvalhal’s sixth-placed side.

“First and foremost, we respect them as a team. They’re a very good side, very organised and have some real quality throughout the team.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game and we can’t have an off-day again, because there’s so much quality throughout the Championship.

“If you’re not on your A game, there’s a chance that every team in this division can take advantage of that.

“Sheffield Wednesday are one of the stronger teams, in my opinion, so they’ll definitely be there to capitalise.”

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