Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is demanding his team use the pain from their defeat to Ipswich Town as a springboard to inspire them for the rest of the season.
Gray said there were some angry words exchanged in the dressing room after Owls’ 2-1 loss at Portman Road in midweek.
The Wednesday chief was critical of his team’s display, labelling their performance as the “worst” of the season. Despite taking the lead through Kieran Lee, the Owls suffered a second successive away defeat after second-half strikes by former Wednesday loanee Daryl Murphy and Luke Chambers.
Gray’s side, the joint lowest goal-scorers in the Championship, entertain fourth-from-bottom Brighton and Hove Albion seeking to halt an alarming run of five matches without a win.
“There were a few words said after the Ipswich game,” Gray told The Star. “I was very disappointed with the performance and so were the players.
“We need a response and I know I will definitely get a response from my players. Hopefully we can use it as a motivator and get a good result and performance against Brighton on Saturday.”
Although five-goal forward Chris Maguire will sit-out the Seagulls fixture due suspension, captain Glenn Loovens is pushing for a first-team recall after serving a two-match ban.
He is set to replace Claude Dielna at the heart of their rearguard.
New signings Sergiu Bus and Filipe Melo could also make their full debuts.
Jose Semedo (toe) is a big doubt but Lewis McGugan should be passed fit for selection despite suffering cramp and calf tightness against Ipswich.
Meanwhile, Owls’ development squad, featuring Kamil Zayatte, eased to a 2-0 success at Huddersfield Town yesterday. Rhys McCabe and Simon Hanna registered either side of half-time.