Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Liam Rosenior says the performance at Sheffield Wednesday in May 2016 in the play-off semi-finals was one of the best he’s witnessed at the club.
The defender highlighted it as one the stand-out moments during his time at the club so far, and also spoke about his now-famous gesture to Albion fans at full-time on that May evening.
He said, “It [message to fans at full-time] was something that I didn’t really think too much about. I’ve seen the pictures and everything else, but it was just something that came naturally to me.
“I was so proud of that performance that night at Hillsborough. We were 2-0 down and had everything against us, it felt like nobody believed but ourselves and that probably summed up the whole season.
“We did still believe after that night. We came so close that evening and it’s probably one of the most outstanding performances I’ve witnessed since being at the club.
“We had people who were giving absolutely everything that night, there are ways to lose matches and ways to fail and I was just so proud of everyone that evening.
“That’s why I did it – we gave it everything to be successful.”
Despite a rousing performance in the second leg back at the Amex, the game finished in a 1-1 draw as the side’s promotion hopes came to an end.
But it was to be second time lucky for Rosenior and Albion as they clinched promotion to England’s top-flight the year after, finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship, and the former defender looked back on a historic campaign.
“Promotion that season was down to a few things,” he continued.
“There was a real closeness in the squad having gone so close the year before.
“We added the likes of Glenn Murray to the squad and kept hold of Lewis Dunk and Dale Stephens down the core of the side and there was only one way we were going to go.”
The club’s first spell in the Premier League was to follow in the 2017/18 season, and although the former Hull City man didn’t feature as much as the previous two campaigns, he still played a pivotal role in helping the side achieve survival.
“It was something I was more than happy to be involved with because the senior players in any squad are so important.
“They lead the way in terms of every day professionalism, the resilience of the group and the determination.
“We had the likes of myself, Bruno, Steve Sidwell, Sam Baldock, Lewis Dunk and so many more experienced players who had good character, so we never felt like we were going to get relegated.
“There were times where we struggled but there was never really a point where we felt like we were going to go down.
“In the end we stayed up quite comfortably, but you can never have too many characters in a dressing room.”