GARY Dicker believes it would be a failure if Albion miss out on the play-offs.

The Seagulls are in the final play-off spot, a point above Middlesbrough with a game in hand, after beating Burnley at The Amex.

Dicker, asked if not reaching the play-offs should be regarded as failure, said: “I think you would, definitely. With the squad we've got now and the players we have at the club I think yes, it would be.

“But you may be a good team on paper, you need to get there and everyone knows that. That is the pressure we put on ourselves because we want to be in the play-offs. “We are not going to sit here and say we would be happy to finish a place ahead of where we finished last year.”

Midfielder Dicker, handed his first home league start for five months against Burnley, added: “The pressure's not on us, that's just football.

“You have to produce and we should be getting in the play-offs really with the squad that we have.”