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Sunday 25 September 2016

Towell up for big test in play-off

Debut upbeat despite Owls' lead

Hull's Tom Huddlestone challenges Brighton & Hove Albion's Richie Towell
Hull's Tom Huddlestone challenges Brighton & Hove Albion's Richie Towell

A 2-0 loss in one of the most important games of the season is now how Richie Towell had planned to make his league debut for Brighton.

But the former Dundalk star hopes the season will not end for his Seagulls side tonight as they try to get past Sheffield Wednesday and into the final of the Championship play-off.

The Seagulls take on the Owls tonight in the second leg of their semi-final play-off, Brighton 2-0 down from the first leg at Hillsborough.

Towell, who joined them from Dundalk in January but had made only one appearance in a Cup tie before last week, came on for his league debut in that game and with the Seagulls (who finished Friday's game a man down as they suffered another injury after all three subs had been used) ravaged by injuries, he's in line to start in the home leg this evening, boss Chris Hughton hoping his side can somehow turn around that 2-0 deficit.

"It was great to come on, but to do so under those circumstances was unfortunate for the lads that had to come off, because you never wish injuries on any of your team-mates," said Towell.

"Obviously we're all very disappointed and we don't want to lose any game, but under those circumstances, it was a freak game with four players going off injured and ending the game with ten men too. In all of my years of playing, I have never seen anything like that. You maybe have one or two, but never four players going off injured. We've got to pick ourselves up now, because we have to go again tonight," added Towell.

"The fans have been great all season and I'm sure tonight will be no different. We're definitely going to need the crowd to get behind us and I'm sure they will."

Meanwhile, Irish duo Noel Hunt and Cian Bolger are looking for new clubs after they were released by League Two side Southend United. Noel's brother, Stephen, is also a free agent as he was left go by Coventry City.

Brighton v Sheff Wed, tonight, live SS1 (ko 7.45pm)

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