Seagulls boss has high hopes for his fantasy footballers

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Gus Poyet is confident Brighton fans will be treated to an exciting brand of football to match their spanking new stadiium when they tackle the best the Npower Championship has to offer next season.

Work has now been completed on Brighton’s new stadium, which will hold 22,000 spectators. Membership is said to be selling at a record rate, as the Seagulls prepare for their first league match against Doncaster.

Brighton played in a friendly against Tottenham XI in Portugal last night, with the sides drawing 2-2 thanks to goals from Seagulls stars Will Hoskins and Toby Agdestein, and Spurs youngsters Andros Townsend and Soli.

And Poyet believes that with a squad including the likes of Will Buckley, Kazenga LuaLua, Romain Vincelot and Roland Bergkamp, Brighton will be able to challenge any side in the second-tier.


"We are going to see the fans energised at the Amex,” Poyet said.

"They will have the excitement of a player getting the ball and going past people. They know Kaz and Nooney and although they don't know Buckley yet, they have also got him to look forward to this season.

"We wanted to see Kaz and we didn't want to force him because it's his first game and we didn't want to have a problem with him. We need to make sure he's okay and we are going to look after him."

Poyet singled out LuaLua in particular for praise, saying he could rely on the winger when the game gets tough to pull the squad through.

"When a game is tight and very even you need people who can create something and that is what Kazenga is very capable of doing,” he added.

Brighton have a rather demanding schedule in their pre-season, facing Paris Saint-Germain tonight, Olhanense on Saturday and Tottenham’s senior side next weekend. And Poyet is relishing in the fixtures.

"I don't know much about PSG and I like that because it means that the players are going to think on the pitch and make decisions, then we'll see how it goes," he continued.

"It's pre-season so it's not about winning or losing, it's about performing."

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