LuaLua is star turn on a fantastic night for Seagulls

Oscar Garcia gives a hug to the players

Oscar Garcia gives a hug to the players

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

ALBION boss Oscar Garcia has hailed Kazenga LuLua's contribution to the stunning win at Leicester as a breakthrough for the unpredictable winger.

LuaLua was handed a rare away start in last night's 4-1 victory over the promoted Championship leaders, which included a second half brace for Leo Ulloa.

Oscar told The Argus: "We wanted to try to keep the ball and we needed players higher up the pitch helping Leo. We thought Kazenga could be this player because when he has the ball he goes forward and he's a threat.

"When he plays at home he plays really well but away he had to improve. I think it was a big step for him. He is an explosive player and sometimes it's not easy for him but he had a fantastic game."

Left-back Stephen Ward, who opened the scoring in the first half and set up the second goal for Jesse Lingard, lasted the 90 minutes despite an injury sustained in a challenge by David Nugent just before half-time.

Oscar revealed: "He (Ward) played all the second half with a swollen ankle. I'm very proud of him. We wanted 18 warriors and we did it.

"It's a massive result for us and I couldn't be more proud of all my players. We were the better team from start to finish. We wanted to play with a high tempo and we did."

Albion are back within a place and two points of the play-offs after Reading were beaten 3-1 at Bournemouth.

The Seagulls are level on points with Bournemouth and Ipswich, who won 2-0 at Huddersfield, with five games to go.

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6:07am Wed 9 Apr 14

Clean Sheet says...

Great display Seagulls, and a superb result. Let's hope that we can generate some momentum now.
Great display Seagulls, and a superb result. Let's hope that we can generate some momentum now. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 13

7:04am Wed 9 Apr 14

impose our game gull says...

LOL. With 7 teams potentially fighting for just one place and only 5 matches to go we need 4 wins really, minimum. Let's hope Lua Lua can manage some more manages. Great to see everyone is clear what a threat he is

UTA!!
LOL. With 7 teams potentially fighting for just one place and only 5 matches to go we need 4 wins really, minimum. Let's hope Lua Lua can manage some more manages. Great to see everyone is clear what a threat he is UTA!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 5

8:00am Wed 9 Apr 14

elljam says...

Let's hope that this has been a wake up call for Oscar. He fielded the most mobile line-up since he's been at the club last night. Only one holding midfielder plus pace & energy with Stephens, LuaLua, Lingaard & March supporting Ulloa.
Whether it went against his natural instincts & was a last throw of the dice or this is really how he wants to play, only time will tell because when you look back to our recent barren run in which he persevered with a middle three of Andrews, Ince & JFC despite the lack of energy, creativity it beggars belief.
This is why the season has been so frustrating because the ammunition has been there but he's just been afraid to use it. Still let's hope he hasn't left it too late & this more attacking outlook can carry us to the play-offs.
Let's hope that this has been a wake up call for Oscar. He fielded the most mobile line-up since he's been at the club last night. Only one holding midfielder plus pace & energy with Stephens, LuaLua, Lingaard & March supporting Ulloa. Whether it went against his natural instincts & was a last throw of the dice or this is really how he wants to play, only time will tell because when you look back to our recent barren run in which he persevered with a middle three of Andrews, Ince & JFC despite the lack of energy, creativity it beggars belief. This is why the season has been so frustrating because the ammunition has been there but he's just been afraid to use it. Still let's hope he hasn't left it too late & this more attacking outlook can carry us to the play-offs. elljam
  • Score: 29

8:07am Wed 9 Apr 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Kaz is a key player, now officially recognised as more than 'supersub' at last! and hopefully he'll tear many a defense apart for our new attack minded lineup..We slayed the leaders!! UTA
Kaz is a key player, now officially recognised as more than 'supersub' at last! and hopefully he'll tear many a defense apart for our new attack minded lineup..We slayed the leaders!! UTA Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 12

8:31am Wed 9 Apr 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

Injuries permitting , keep the same side for Saturday !!!
Injuries permitting , keep the same side for Saturday !!! Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: 9

8:46am Wed 9 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

Alleluia, OG has finally seen the light !!
Pace, skill, a higher line reaps dividends.
Haven't many of us been saying that for months ?

We had more attacking options last night than we've had all season and achieved a brilliant result. Apart from the front 4, great displays from Andrews and Stephens, and yet again a fantastic committed performance from Ward. If anyone deserves a contract for next season it has to be Stephen Ward. Sound defending, endless energy, creative in attack and capable of scoring as he showed again last night.
Just keep the same momentum on Saturday and blow Charlton away.
Alleluia, OG has finally seen the light !! Pace, skill, a higher line reaps dividends. Haven't many of us been saying that for months ? We had more attacking options last night than we've had all season and achieved a brilliant result. Apart from the front 4, great displays from Andrews and Stephens, and yet again a fantastic committed performance from Ward. If anyone deserves a contract for next season it has to be Stephen Ward. Sound defending, endless energy, creative in attack and capable of scoring as he showed again last night. Just keep the same momentum on Saturday and blow Charlton away. fratsomrover
  • Score: 19

9:36am Wed 9 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

I've said it before. "I'd have his babies". oh hang on, I'm a bloke..... Anyway,
He works harder than almost anyone in this squad. Yes he loses the ball sometimes and maybe tries to be a bit too clever at others but he always fights to get the ball back immediately and he SCARES DEFENDERS! They don't like people who run at them. He can cover more ground more quickly than anyone else. Problem is getting the others to keep up with him. Go with Kaz, I say.
I've said it before. "I'd have his babies". oh hang on, I'm a bloke..... Anyway, He works harder than almost anyone in this squad. Yes he loses the ball sometimes and maybe tries to be a bit too clever at others but he always fights to get the ball back immediately and he SCARES DEFENDERS! They don't like people who run at them. He can cover more ground more quickly than anyone else. Problem is getting the others to keep up with him. Go with Kaz, I say. Max Ripple
  • Score: 8

9:48am Wed 9 Apr 14

graham w says...

an amazing night and probably the best away perfomance for 3 years, every player was on his game,we came out with a really quick start, ad leicester just had to stand and watch, we were so qick with ur passing , i had this feelng before i set off, extremly optmistic, stephens had i thought his best game so far and was immence like crofty he worked well with solly, lingaurd wa every where i think we just bemused themthey had obviously got thier tactics wrong, sit back soak up, but by the time they woke up he game was over 2up its the first time we almost played with 4 up front .. it was amazing watching leicesters stunned supporters sitting there like card board cut outs,not believing what they were watching. DID WE SPOIL THE PARTY...PREMIER LEAGUE YOUR HAVING LAUGH WASTHE CRY........ uta seagulls .. we watch some awfl games and then one of these comes along... and we could hav easlily had 3 more...
an amazing night and probably the best away perfomance for 3 years, every player was on his game,we came out with a really quick start, ad leicester just had to stand and watch, we were so qick with ur passing , i had this feelng before i set off, extremly optmistic, stephens had i thought his best game so far and was immence like crofty he worked well with solly, lingaurd wa every where i think we just bemused themthey had obviously got thier tactics wrong, sit back soak up, but by the time they woke up he game was over 2up its the first time we almost played with 4 up front .. it was amazing watching leicesters stunned supporters sitting there like card board cut outs,not believing what they were watching. DID WE SPOIL THE PARTY...PREMIER LEAGUE YOUR HAVING LAUGH WASTHE CRY........ uta seagulls .. we watch some awfl games and then one of these comes along... and we could hav easlily had 3 more... graham w
  • Score: 9

10:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

Chi Gull says...

He was playing great and starting games in the autumn until he got injured. When he came back he had 2 or 3 good games off the bench, then OG started him against Hull at home and he did nothing. Buckers came back and he went back to the bench. Consistency and fitness has been his problem, but always a potential match winner on his day.
He was playing great and starting games in the autumn until he got injured. When he came back he had 2 or 3 good games off the bench, then OG started him against Hull at home and he did nothing. Buckers came back and he went back to the bench. Consistency and fitness has been his problem, but always a potential match winner on his day. Chi Gull
  • Score: 6

11:11pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Brighton Bill says...

What a great night we were excellent, completely ouplayed them and it could have been 6 or 7, Our fans were supurb. "Only here for the party",great stuff.
What a great night we were excellent, completely ouplayed them and it could have been 6 or 7, Our fans were supurb. "Only here for the party",great stuff. Brighton Bill
  • Score: 2

5:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

KeefyH44 says...

AWESOME!
AWESOME! KeefyH44
  • Score: 1

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