Poyet proud of title-winning team

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Gus Poyet expressed his pride after his Brighton side beat Walsall 3-1 to secure the League One title, and then challenged his players to break the 100-point barrier.

Goals from skipper Inigo Calderon, top scorer Glenn Murray and Elliott Bennett sealed victory for the Seagulls, who had been pegged back by Andy Butler's header.

Poyet said: "I am very proud of so many people - the players first because they have worked with me every day, and I am a football man. Then I am proud of the staff at the club and myself because it is my first full season as a manager."

He added: "We have won the championship and done it playing my way. I have to go back to the beginning of March when we started setting targets, and the one left now is to finish with 100 points.

"We have gone from relegation battles to winning promotion which is a dream, and it's credit to the players and the support which has been incredible."

When it was pointed out that Brighton supporters might be worried Poyet could be lured away to a bigger club after his achievements this season, he replied: "I cannot control that. That's football.

"But if we set up things and keep getting better I will stay. On Wednesday morning I started watching players on DVDs for information.

"We have the base, but you need quality players in the Championship and there will be better pitches at that level to play football on."

Asked if he had money to spend on building a stronger squad for next season's challenge, Poyet replied: "I cannot complain, but we are not a team that pays massive wages. We have a budget."

Walsall boss Dean Smith said: "I am angry and disappointed because two of their goals came from corners. We have five lads in the box who are over 6 foot and no-one has taken responsibility to head the ball."

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