Date: 10th May 2016 at 1:09pm
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Goalkeeper David Stockdale has said that he’s confident Brighton will bounce back from automatic promotion disappointment as we head into the Play Off battle now.

Needing to take all three points against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium because of the goal difference, Brighton battled to a one all draw with Dale Stephens seeing red in the game, and it now means that we face Sheffield Wednesday in the Play Off semi final on Friday evening for a second bite at promotion this season.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, Stockdale was obviously disappointed to miss out at the final hurdle, but he said Brighton would bounce back and he was now confident of a trip to Wembley to keep the Play Off dream alive.

‘We`re absolutely gutted, but we`ve got to pick ourselves up. We`ve got two really important matches now, firstly on Friday. It`s football, so I`m trying to tell them it isn`t the end, we`ve got another chance. We still believe that we can do it and we`ve got the team spirit to go with it. If you look at the table, we`ve been pipped to the post by a slightly higher goal difference. That shows what we`ve got as a team. We`ve been on an unbeaten run and we only need to continue that for another three games to achieve our goal.’

Speaking more about the Middlesbrough game itself, he went on to say.

‘We still believed and I got everyone into a group and said ‘we can still do this’. They sat back, which played into our hands a little bit and we were just waiting for that one chance and I felt we could`ve got that, but it wasn`t to be. I thought we gave absolutely everything and no-one can say otherwise. That`s all we came here to do. Fair play to Middlesbrough, good luck to them and hopefully we can join them.’

With a trip to Hillsborough on Friday, before the return leg at the Amex on Monday, Stockdale moved on to talk about the team spirit and how he believed that would see the players through to Wembley.

‘We told ourselves to take note of this feeling and make sure it doesn`t happen again. There are some distraught players whose careers have been building up to this, but it`s gone and we`ve now got another chance. If we had just made it into the play-offs, we`d be celebrating, so we’ve had a great season with great spirit and it will keep carrying us through, hopefully to Wembley.’

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