England newcomer Wilfried Zaha has accused Albion boss Gus Poyet of talking "nonsense".
The confident Crystal Palace winger has hit back after Poyet told The Argus Will Buckley is a better player.
Zaha said: "Last season Guly do Prado at Southampton grabbed me and said 'Respect me'. I'm thinking, 'I don’t know you, I don't care who you are, so why should I?'
"It even happens before games now. Brighton's manager Gus Poyet said Will Buckley is better than me, but I don't see the point of coming out with nonsense like that."
Poyet drew comparisons between Buckley and Zaha after the Albion ace teased and tormented Leeds at The Amex earlier this month.
Poyet told The Argus: "He's not for sale. It doesn't matter how many millions they are putting on the table in January. He is going nowhere.
"How much are they talking about for Zaha? Ten million? They are going to have to go over that, because he is better. I've got no doubt."
Zaha, 20, could make his England debut in tomorrow night's friendly in Sweden.
Buckley and Zaha will face each other when Albion visit Championship leaders Palace on December 1.
Meanwhile, Albion have appointed former West Ham and Leeds keeper Mervyn Day as Scouting and Talent Identification Manager.