Seagulls keep flying with perfect response

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet felt his table-topping side's fifth successive home league win over Plymouth was the best possible way they could react to last Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Stoke.

Two goals from Glenn Murray and further goals from Chris Wood and substitute Francisco Sandaza put the Seagulls four points clear with a 4-0 win over hapless Plymouth, who were docked 10 points earlier this week after giving notice of their intention to appoint an administrator, and saw them bounce back from their 3-0 fifth-round Cup defeat.

Poyet said: "Plymouth are really suffering off the pitch and it was very important that we came through a tricky game. It's hard sometimes when people expect you to win, so I'm pleased with the chances that we created and with the way we defended."


Brighton have now been top of the table for five months and Poyet believes fans are getting real value for money.

He added: "The way in which we play is important to me and we always want to give the fans something."

Poyet's move to play three strikers in Murray, Wood and Ashley Barnes is reaping rewards and Murray now boasts 16 goals this season.

Poyet said: "The three strikers have been doing great and Chris Wood, despite still feeling the effects of a foot injury, wanted to play.

"Fran Sandaza has shown a happy knack of scoring important goals coming off the bench, and I'm 100% sure we are going to need him in situations from now on."

Plymouth manager Peter Reid was disappointed his bottom-of-the-table side did not pose more of a threat and admitted: "We need to play better.

"Brighton are a good side, but we need to be better than that. It was a struggle for us at 2-0 down, but at 3-0 we had no chance. We didn't make Brighton work hard enough basically and we must make sure we put that right at home to Colchester on Saturday."

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