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Poyet: We must play like that every week
GUS Poyet has challenged Albion to keep playing like they did against Arsenal to reach the Championship play-offs.
The Seagulls’ manager believes a top six spot beckons if they can reproduce the performance in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat by The Gunners in the FA Cup at The Amex in the league.
But he has warned they must also start turning draws into victories.
Albion are only one place but five points outside the play-offs ahead of Saturday’s trip to fifth-bottom Sheffield Wednesday.
The gap between them and half of the teams above them could increase before then, with fourth-placed Watford at Bristol City tonight, Crystal Palace in fifth at Huddersfield tomorrow night and second-placed Leicester at home to Wolves on Thursday night.
Although beaten only twice in the league since October, Albion have drawn five of their last eight games, including each of the last two at Birmingham and Blackburn Rovers.
Poyet said: “It’s a case of winning games. I’m not really a good stats man but the other day somebody said to me we have lost six in 28 and I said that’s not bad, I’ll take that.
“The problem is how many we have drawn, so we need to win games now, go to another level and win most of the games.
“I know if we maintain this level of performance (Arsenal) playing against Championship teams we have got a great chance. It’s in our hands. I know there are six teams ahead of us, I still think it’s in our hands.”