Poyet hoping goal drought will end with leaders' visit
Brighton boss Gus Poyet is convinced his side's goal drought at home will end soon - and hopes it will be against the Canaries tomorrow. After a 0-0 draw at home to Huddersfield on Tuesday, the Withdean Stadium fans have now endured five blanks from their team in the last six home games.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet is convinced his side's goal drought at home will end soon - and hopes it will be against the Canaries tomorrow.
After a 0-0 draw at home to Huddersfield on Tuesday, the Withdean Stadium fans have now endured five blanks from their team in the last six home games.
Albion have scored just once in the last 582 minutes of League One action at home.
Even that goal, a Gary Dicker header against Colchester, came when they were 2-0 down.
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But former Uruguay international Poyet said: “I'm sure very soon this is going to change. It's one touch, it's one shot, it's one penalty, one decision from a ref, whatever.”
Brighton have won just twice at home in the league this season and their last four home defeats have come against promotion-chasing quartet Leeds, Charlton, Colchester and Millwall - hardly a good omen for taking on the leaders.
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They have not been ahead in a home league game since the last minute of the first half against Hartlepool on Halloween.
Albion's fans will not care how their side score tomorrow, but Poyet believes City will show more attacking ambition than Huddersfield.
He said: “Huddersfield's plan was they wanted a 0-0 and maybe to try to win the game in the last 20 minutes.
“They played 4-5-1 and sat and waited. They then changed it, went to two strikers instead of one, and went for it. We needed to be a team for 94 minutes, organised and looking like we had a plan, and the team were spot on.
“Norwich won't be the same. They just try to score one more than you do.
“They really go for it. We need to be organised. We can't get caught up with Norwich in a game with a lot of goals. We can't be crazy.”
The Canaries head south as top scorers in the division both home and away.
Poyet said: “We need to make sure the manager makes the right decisions, picks the right team, plays the right game.”
New signing Chris Holroyd is convinced Albion can solve their goalscoring woes.
The 23-year-old capture from Cambridge United said: “We are creating chances so that's the most important thing. Sooner or later we are going to put them away. I think we need a result. With this tough month, that could kick start the rest of the season.”With striker Nicky Forster currently in dispute with the club, Holroyd is expected to partner Glenn Murray in attack tomorrow. Murray was left out of the starting line-up against Huddersfield, but is expected to return in place of Liam Dickinson.
Newly-signed winger Kazenga LuaLua, on loan from Newcastle, joined his new team-mates for training yesterday and could challenge Sebastien Carole for the wide left role.
Poyet, left, has been hit by an FA charge after he was ordered from the dug-out at Leyton Orient last weekend, furious at referee Steve Cook's decision not to award Albion a penalty.