Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens believes the team were unlucky to come away empty-handed from their 1-0 defeat against Southampton yesterday at the Amex Stadium.
A goal eight minutes after the restart was the difference between the two sides on the south coast on Saturday afternoon, but Stephens is optimistic that the Seagulls can bounce back from the loss in the games to come.
He said, “Of course there is disappointment in the dressing room after the game, but I don’t think we deserved to lose, we created some chances, but they took their one main chance.
“We’ve been good at home for most of the season and we saw this game as an opportunity to get three points, but we haven’t got anything from the game and overall, we’re disappointed with the team performance.
“What the other teams around us have done doesn’t bother us too much - we’ve got a job to do ourselves and we know the importance of every game that we play.”
The Seagulls pushed hard in the search for an equaliser and had a penalty claim turned down by referee Michael Oliver – a decision Stephens thought could have gone their way.
“I was stood behind it at the time. Davy [Propper] went to shoot and was clipped by the defender behind him. The referee said it was the other way around and unfortunately we’re not getting the decisions at the minute.”
The Seagulls travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Wednesday, and Stephens stressed that he and his teammates are maintaining their focus and belief ahead of the upcoming fixtures.
“The games we have to come are only good games if we win them. We know we’ve got tough games in April and it starts with a massive game on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to get over the defeat today [Saturday] and be ready for Chelsea, because they are a good side.
“Only after Wednesday can we look ahead to the semi-final - it’s obviously a big occasion for the club but we’ve not talked about it this week, picking up points in the Premier League is the initial priority and we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”