Brighton and Hove Albion’s Gus Poyet says ‘anything can happen’ in Nottingham Forest Championship fixture

By Jamie Spoor – he knows the score

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet believes “anything can
happen” in one of the tightest Championship seasons in years- and simply wants his team to be “competitive”

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In his pre-match press conference at The Amex this morning ahead of the game with Nottingham Forest, the Seagulls boss did not specify a target for the team this campaign, insisting he is happy just to see them continue picking up points.

“I just want my team to be competing with the others in the Championship, and at this moment, we are. We are competing. It is still early, it’s unpredictable and anything can happen.”

Responding to Brighton Lite‘s sport reporter, Liam Dawes‘ question about the January transfer window, he said that he is looking to bolster his squad although he does not have anyone in particular in mind.

“We are working towards January, for sure. We are looking for options, we don’t have anyone who we are specifically looking for, but I am thinking about strengthening, definitely. “We are always looking for better quality, and this is a non-stop job, you are working all the time. “It depends on the players we have on the pitch, it is difficult to say exactly what you want right now, we have a few options in mind.”

The articulate manager described how he and his staff prepare for every game Albion play by studying videos and DVDs of the opposition, their danger men, and tactics.

“Chris Baker (Albion’s analyst) and I use technology a lot to go through the game and decide how we are going to play. “Straight after one game, we go on to our next opponents, we studied Forest on Wednesday and we have no worries about them.

“Forest are struggling, but football is incredible, unpredictable, and 100% for sure on the day Nottingham Forest can beat anyone, but we have watched everything we need to and it has been done.”

With most of Albion’s first eleven on!/BHAFC, Poyet says that he has no problem with his players using social networking sites as they are “part of society.”

“I try to adapt to society, and Twitter and the other media sites is part of that, so I have no problem with it. “Footballers tend to be thought of as separate, but they are not, they are part of that society and it is good to interact with the fans.”

Attacking midfielder Will Hoskins was delighted with his return to action on Tuesday night, and is relishing the challenge of taking on hometown club Nottingham Forest on Saturday

“I was born in Nottingham, it’s a surprise to see them struggling as they’ve got a fantastic history and fanbase and it’ll be a challenge as there’s no easy games in this league.

“All my family are from Nottingham, but they’ll be coming down to watch me.

“It was great to be back Tuesday, we got a positive result as well which was pleasing and after our recent winless spell we’ve gone back to basics.

“We started by aiming for a clean sheet, then built from there and three wins from the last four shows signs of recovery and progress.”

For more on the Forest match, Poyet’s press conference in full, and defender Adam El Abd’s return, go to


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