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Poyet keen to keep win in context
Gus Poyet is keen to keep Albion’s friendly win over Chelsea in context.
But he was delighted and encouraged by the Seagulls’ 3-1 defeat of the European club champions at The Amex today.
Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead.
Boss Poyet said: “I’m very pleased but I don’t want to take this as more than it really is.
“It was a very good game of football against top opposition.
“We found ourselves for long periods, especially in the second half, without the ball which is new for us.
“We had to defend, we had to do the ugly part of the game.
“We suffered but the boys did the basics.
“I’m very pleased for them. It was a difficult game for them.
“When they saw the (Chelsea) team listed in front of them and all the names, they started thinking about that.
“So I’m pleased for them.
“We started well until the goal, which we conceded too easily. But it was a very good reaction.”
Poyet opted not to field Wayne Bridge, Craig Mackail-Smith and Kazenga LuaLua, all of whom have minor niggles or tightness.
He added: “I would say if it was a final two of them would probably been out there.”