Captain marvel Greer doesn't fear promotion through play-off route

Albion captain Gordon Greer believes the squad's team spirit will stand them in good stead as they head into the play-offs.

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Gordon Greer. Picture by Angela BrinkhurstGordon Greer. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Gordon Greer. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

There was disappointment for Brighton on Saturday when they missed out on automatic promotion after a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough, which saw the Teesside club promoted into the Premier League as Albion needed to win the promotion shoot-out.

The Seagulls now meet Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-offs, with the first leg at Hillsborough tonight, before the second leg takes place at the Amex on Monday.

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Greer said: “We’ve got a fantastic team spirit here and we really do believe that we can achieve it. Obviously there was disappointment after Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough but we got together on Saturday evening, got it out of our system, had a chat about the game and we moved on.

“After that, we’ve just been focused on Sheffield.

“We’ve got a great opportunity now in front of us. We’re in the play-offs and we’ve got an opportunity to get to the Premier League, so it’s exciting times.

“There’s loads of confidence and belief within the squad, it’s taking the things we’ve done this season into the next couple of games and hopefully we can do the business.”

Greer feels Albion are ready for the Premier League and on what leading the club into the top flight would mean, he said: “It would be my proudest moment in a Brighton & Hove Albion shirt. It’s the aim of the club to get to the Premier League, the infrastructure here is fantastic, with the training ground, the stadium, all the staff and the players. It’s just about us trying to get it right on the park and hopefully we can do it.”

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Looking ahead to the ties with the Owls, Greer said: “I’m sure both games will be really enjoyable and hopefully we can put on some good performances and, if we do that, I’m sure we’ll get the right result.

“We’ve showed all season what we’ve got quality-wise, we’ve been tight at the back and have some real good attacking players. It’s up to us over the course of the two legs to keep it tight and hopefully the boys in the attacking third will do their jobs and score a few goals.”

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