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Poyet: Stifling tactics show respect
Gus Poyet has warned Albion to get used to teams coming to stifle them at The Amex.
Last night’s 1-1 draw against Ipswich means they have taken only one point out of six at home after Saturday’s defeat by Birmingham.
That has dropped them from top to third in the Championship, behind Cardiff and Leicester, but Poyet is pleased opponents are showing the Seagulls so much respect.
He told The Argus: “I think we were a bit better than Saturday. The problem is everybody is starting to rate us higher than I thought.
“Everyone in England now thinks we are a top team in this division, because of the way they are coming to plan the game.
“We are not going to Derby to defend on Saturday, that’s not us. Teams are coming here with a plan that is clear, let’s nick a goal somehow and then defend for whatever time is left.
“It happened to us for the first time last year against Cardiff at home. I didn’t expect it but now it is most weeks so we need to get used to that.”
Will Buckley came off the bench to rescue a point for Albion ten minutes from time after Daryl Murphy headed Ipswich into a first half lead.
Poyet said: “We couldn’t play Bucker from the beginning, because he was too stiff and there was the risk of him getting injured. We asked him to please be on the bench because we needed him and then he goes and produces, because he has quality.”