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Poyet: Quality gives us control

24 February 2013

Brighton boss Gus Poyet believes extra quality in his team is responsible for a renewed push in their play-off challenge.

The Seagulls moved into the top six of the npower Championship for the first time in nearly five months with a hard-fought single goal victory over Burnley. A first half goal from Spanish midfielder David Lopez proved enough to give Brighton their third win in the last four games.

And Poyet said: "After winning at Cardiff it was important to follow up with another win and we are on a very good run. Is it there for us? Can we maintain it? We want to. It`s in our hands.

"We are back in the top six and that is where we want to be. We've still got to go to Middlesbrough and we want to really get ahead of them .There's 13 games to play and we'll see. We`re in a great situation.

"Normally the target is 75 points but it's so tight .David Lopez scored with a great finish and then our goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak made a great save. That`s the kind of quality that helps you win games. I like what I'm seeing. We now have a different character to the squad and keeping clean sheets is a good sign."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche felt his men were desperately unfortunate not to take something from the game and was greatly encouraged by the manner of the performance.

He said: "We deserved something, absolutely. There is a real positive feel now because we need performances like that. You win games with displays like that and to come here and perform like that was very pleasing."

Burnley have now not won in five games but Dyche has not given up on their play-off challenge and believes they will be aided by playing with greater freedom in their remaining games.

He added: "We`ve played two play-off contenders in the past week and have only had two draws in our last five games so you need consistency and a rub of the green.

"Our last two performances have deserved more. You just need to keep playing well which we are. The shackles have come off now and the freedom which we showed today will benefit us in the run-in."

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