Brighton v Barnsley reaction
The Seagulls went into the game having not scored in their
previous three league and cup matches but they found their shooting
boots against a poor Barnsley side.
Brighton were 2-0 up after only 14 minutes with goals from
Ashley Barnes and former England defender Wayne Bridge, with
Barnsley keeper David Gonzalez at fault on both occasions.
Gonzalez, who played briefly for the Seagulls last season,
dropped a free-kick by Craig Noone for Barnes to tap in after three
minutes and Bridge beat the Colombian to his left with a low drive
from 25 yards.
Barnsley pulled a goal back with a 36th-minute penalty from
Craig Davies after Andrew Crofts fouled Jacob Mellis, but Craig
Mackail-Smith got the final touch from a Barnes shot a minute
Record signing Mackail-Smith struck again four minutes after the
break with a close-range header and Barnes completed the rout nine
minutes from time by drilling in a cross by substitute Kazenga
LuaLua at the near post.
Poyet said: “I think we have a better team because of the new
players we have signed.
“We are much more aggressive and more dangerous going forward
but we need to be solid as well. The key to it is to produce clean
“Everything went our way and Barnsley were the ones to pay. But
it’s about the next 43 games.
“It was a key game, a tricky one, and if something goes against
you in a game like this you can be in a bad situation.”
Poyet had no doubt that the key moment in the game arrived when
Mackail-Smith restored the Seagulls’ two-goal advantage moments
after Davies had scored from the spot.
Added the Uruguayan: “The third goal was very important and
credit to our players. They went into the game convinced it was a
matter of time.
“Unfortunately for Barnsley they paid the price, they were an
unlucky team coming up against us because everything went in our
Barnsley manager Keith Hill admitted the best course for his
team after this drubbing was to take their medicine and move
He confessed: “We had 12 players out but I have no excuses
whatsoever. It was inept and I include myself in that.”
Hill was disappointed that his men gave Brighton the opportunity
to win the game more comfortably than they should have.
He said: “The opposition were excellent and it could have been
up to 10-1. There was not too much I could say to the players as it
was disappointing they did not accept the challenge before the
“We were up against two very good wingers but Brighton also had
Bruno and Bridge, so it was like we were facing four wingers.
“But we can’t change it. Sometimes you have to stomach it and
move on. Hopefully we will learn and grow stronger.”
Hill was keen to point out that Barnsley’s budget does not match
Brighton’s and his club have been fighting against the odds to
avoid relegation for the last “six or seven years.”
He added: “We can’t afford to sign the likes of Bruno, Bridge or
Crofts who have come to Brighton.
“We can’t go out and buy like Brighton and Hull. We intend to
fight against the odds and for the last seven years we have been