Poyet unfazed by first Brighton loss of the season

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has refused to be downbeat after his side’s 1-0 loss to promotion favourites Leicester City.

A glaring second half miss from record signing Craig Mackail-Smith nearly snatched a leveller for the Seagulls who conceded the only goal of the game just 45 seconds after the interval.

However Poyet told the club’s official website he was under no illusions that his side were second best: “If you analyse the game in terms of control and being better in different areas of the pitch, we didn’t deserve anything from the game.

“During the first half we were not consistent on the ball. Our passing and crossing was not at our best and that is not good enough when you come to places like this.”

The result sees the newly promoted side remain in the automatic promotion places behind new leaders Middlesbrough and Poyet is still understandably delighted at the start they have made: “If you told me that our first defeat this season would have been against Leicester I would have taken that. If you had asked me if we would have been at the top of the league before Leicester I would have taken that as well.”

Brighton take on Liverpool in the Carling Cup on Wednesday as they look to take their second Premier League scalp of the tournament after knocking out Sunderland in round two.

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