By Jack Bradshaw
Brighton and Hove Albion recorded their sixth consecutive victory with a 1-0 win over battling Notts County at the Withdean last Tuesday (March 22).
A second-half goal from man of the match Inigo Calderon extended the Seagulls’ lead at the top of League One to 10 points with two games in hand on nearest rivals Huddersfield Town.
Gus Poyet’s men were made to work for their victory as a stern defensive display from the visitors saw County goalkeeper Stuart Nelson save well from Chris Wood and Elliot Bennett in a tightly contested first half.
It wasn’t until the 63rd minute that the deadlock was broken when neat work on the left-hand side from substitute Craig Noone led to Spaniard Calderon tapping in at the far post to give the hosts a well-earned lead.
Before the kick-off, Gus Poyet told the Withdean crowd that “nothing has been achieved so far,” ahead of one of the six remaining games before the move to the 22,500-capacity Amex Stadium.
But the Uruguayan was in much more confident spirits having witnessed his team see off Paul Ince’s cash-rich side with a composed display.
He said: “I thought we controlled the game from the start. We are very difficult to play against and eventually we know we are going to create chances.
“All season we’ve kept playing our style and no one can press us for 90 minutes.”
“League One teams can’t play against us.” – Gus Poyet
And the 43-year-old former Chelsea star knows that his side are now extremely close to promotion.
He added: “We need five wins for ten games and we’re up. Obviously we’re not there yet because the players are tired and you never know what can happen but we have to start thinking about the Championship now.”
The result, however, saw the Magpies slip to third straight defeat despite a much improved display on recent performances.