Last season's promotion pain can motivate Brighton, says Rosenior

Brighton's Liam Rosenior looks dejected after the game

Brighton missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season, but Rosenior believes the experience will prove valuable in the coming campaign.

Brighton's Liam Rosenior looks dejected after the gameBrighton's Liam Rosenior believes the team can use last season's pain as a driving force for the coming campaign

Liam Rosenior has told The Argus that Brighton and Hove Albion will use last term's near-miss on promotion as inspiration for the coming campaign.

Chris Hughton's side missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League on the final day of last season after being held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough - a result that sealed a return to the top flight for Aitor Karanka's men after a seven-year absence.

James Wilson celebrates after scoring the first goal for BrightonBrighton endured a painful end to what was otherwise a successful season

Albion were then dumped out of the play-off semi-finals by Sheffield Wednesday, compounding a miserable end to what was otherwise a successful season.

And Rosenior believes the experience of coming so close to promotion will be a key driver in the team's plans for achieving "something special" next season, which begins with a trip to Derby County on the opening day.

Ross Wallace celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sheffield WednesdayRoss Wallace celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in last season's play-off encounter

He told The Argus: "I still think about last season, but we've got to use that disappointment and hurt to go again.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton

"Knowing the players and staff, I'm sure we'll use it as a positive tool and we have got a chance of doing something special this year."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is likely to take a particularly keen interest in the fixtures with former employers Newcastle United and Norwich City, both of whom will add another dimension to the race for promotion, alongside Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa.

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