Gus Poyet has praised his squad after Brighton defeated Barclays Premier League side Sunderland 1-0 last night, with the Seagulls manager revealing his pride at seeing the players step up and take their chances.
Brighton put in a stellar effort against Sunderland at the AMEX, with Craig Mackail-Smith scoring the winner in extra time. The victory caps off an undefeated season so far for the Albion, with five wins from six since the pre-season friendly against Tottenham.
And Poyet insisted that the game was not merely an upset for the Black Cats, but more a stunning display by Brighton that deserves top credits.
“The game was not just about Sunderland losing, it was also about Brighton winning. They deserve every credit for that performance,” Poyet said.
“I’m very proud of them because they gave everything on the night; they kept on going. And I was proud of them because it was such a hard match for us.
“No-one should be under any illusions how tough it was. It was very, very difficult to play Sunderland – they had quality all over the pitch – and my players needed to be at their very best to contain them.”
While Poyet insisted that Brighton and Sunderland were very close to one another in terms of performances, the Uruguayan said that the Npower Championship club took full advantage of their chances, and that was the winning difference on the night.
“Sometimes things work for you and sometimes they work against you and I think we were lucky to get Sunderland at our place at this particular time," he added.
“I think we deserved to beat them, but I think that the difference between us and them was small.
“It is one goal difference. In games like that one, the difference between winning and losing is minimal – it’s about who takes their chances on the night.”
Brighton will now hope to continue their winning form in a match up with fellow Npower Championship newcomers Peterbrough on Saturday.