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Gus targets high five

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet feels his table-topping side need another five wins from their remaining 10 games to secure promotion following their 1-0 victory over Notts County.

A second-half strike from Spanish defender Inigo Calderon made it nine home wins in a row for Poyet's men who are now 10 points clear.

"When we went to the top of the table back in September, I thought we needed two points per game from then on to maintain it and that would take us to 92 points," Poyet said. "We're a few points ahead of that target, being on 77 points now, so another 15 points should do it. That's five wins out of the last 10 games."

He added: "The job is not done. Other teams will do their best to try to stop us from playing so we have to be professional in every way."

For the second home game running, winger Craig Noone climbed off the bench to spark Brighton and his superb cross five minutes after coming on set up Calderon for his sixth goal of the season.

 

Noone was struggling with a knock before Saturday's win at Oldham and Poyet added: "It was important that we used him at the right time. He has certainly complicated team selection for the manager."

County manager Paul Ince felt his struggling side deserved a draw and admitted: "It's frustrating because we played ever so well."

However, they have now lost five of their last six games and have not scored from open play during the poor run.

Ince added: "It was a hard-fought game and we're frustrated because the game plan worked a treat. We quietened the crowd and the lads are frustrated because there did not seem a big gap between the two teams.

"I'm always concerned about having a poor run, but we haven't conceded a lot of goals. We need to be scoring more. We're not getting outplayed by teams. The players need a bit of luck to help turn games in our favour, and the mindset must be the same whichever side we play."

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