Soaring Seagulls please Poyet

BRIGHTON manager Gus Poyet admitted life was “great” after the Seagulls continued their strong start to the season with another win on Saturday.

The Seagulls won 1-0 at Bristol City to maintain their position at the top of the npower Championship – and having seen off Sunderland they are looking forward to the visit of Liverpool to the Amex Stadium next week in the Carling Cup.

Poyet said: “I’m not sure how good we are. But I do know that we are difficult to break down and keep going for 95 minutes if necessary.

“It’s a great time for everyone involved in Brighton. We even got a good Carling Cup draw so we are really on a roll. We’ve come a long way in two years.”

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins dedicated the 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest to Dan Seaborne after the defender was released from hospital.

Seaborne suffered serious head injuries in an attack outside a nightclub in Southampton earlier in the week and Adkins said: “Dan has left hospital. He has a fair way to go, it is one step at a time with him, but this is for him.”

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray said after the 2-0 win at Burnley which lifted his team up to third: “I think we’ve based our season so far on good performances and good football.”

West Ham are up to fourth and boss Sam Allardyce hailed striker Carlton Cole after he netted in the 4-3 defeat of Portsmouth.

Allardyce said: “All I am seeing is a very, very good player who seems to be enjoying his time with us after a big shock after the (transfer) deadline when Galatasaray came in with an audacious bid.”

Cardiff striker Robert Earnshaw put his midweek miss for Wales against England behind him, netting in the 2-0 defeat of Doncaster, while it was the same scoreline at Bloomfield Road as Blackpool saw off Ipswich.

Derby were the only team in the top seven to lose, going down 2-0 to Coventry.

Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson said after the 1-1 draw at Barnsley: “I think we are getting better.”

At the other end of the table Reading manager Brian McDermott admitted after a 2-0 home defeat to Watford which left his team in the bottom three: “We are not looking like a team at the moment.”

And Simon Grayson was grateful for the “buzz” Luciano Becchio gave his Leeds side as they came from behind to earn a tension-relieving 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

The Argentinian had not featured for Leeds’ first team since the April 16 draw with Watford owing to a series of hamstring problems – but he came on to score his 57th goal and then saw Leeds cap a 3-2 comeback success.

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