Albion’s emergency right-back David and the recalled Ashley Barnes have been praised for their part in an emphatic return to winning ways.
They earned the admiration of manager Gus Poyet for their contribution to yesterday’s 3-0 win at Ipswich, as the Seagulls bounced back in style from Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Watford.
David filled in at right-back after fellow Spaniard Bruno was ruled out by a recurrence of Achilles trouble.
Barnes, playing in front of him down the right, set up the second goal for Craig Mackail-Smith.
Poyet said: “When we lost Bruno we found ourselves again without a right-back. We trained properly for the first time with three at the back and two wingbacks and two strikers and I didn’t like it all.
“So again we asked a big favour of David Lopez and what a performance, because it’s not easy to come here and deal with crosses and be part of the win.
“Ash did an absolutely magnificent job on the right side, stopping crosses, marking, helping David. All those things helped the team to keep a clean sheet.”