Date: 15th March 2015 at 5:20pm
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Defender Gordon Greer has said this season can be a learning curve for Albion, especially the youngsters within the team.

Having been more used to battling away at the top of the table and pushing for the play off spots and automatic promotion places in recent years, Greer admitted the pressures of battling for your life down at the other end of the table is a new experience for many in reality – but he feels we can use it as a positive moving forward under manager Chris Hughton in the future.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of yesterday’s draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, the skipper explained.

‘This year it`s been difficult for the younger players because all they`ve known is success here, with us pushing for the play-offs and winning the league, so it`s a new experience for them. It`s difficult to play football with the pressure on you as everybody is edgy. You can feel the supporters are edgy and the players on the park with you are edgy. We don`t want this to happen again but I`m sure in the future if any of them come across it, they`ll draw on the experiences they`ve had this year.’

Even if they don’t come across this type of battle again, the mental strength required to get through it Greer knows can only serve them well when dealing with the pressures that come from challenging for success at the top end of the league, but that will certainly come to the fore if we can end the season strongly over the coming games now and give ourselves some momentum again to take into next season under the new gaffer.

‘It`s important with the season we`ve had that we finish as strong as possible and it`s up to us to do that. Since the new manager has come in we`re all looking forward. We`ve been really good in certain games and struggled away from home, but it`s about finishing the season as well as we can. Hopefully everything goes smoothly over the summer and we can push on next year.’

Speaking more about Hughton, the Scottish international also admitted that being able to field a settled side more often next season would be key to us improving.

‘Every manager has his own beliefs in how he wants his team to play and to go into the new season with the same manager again will be fantastic. It`s continuity that we need so you`re not learning a new system and there`s not a lot of new players. There`s been a lot of changes at the club but now we`ve got stability and hopefully we can push forward to where the club should be next season.’

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