Poyet up for play-off battle

Brighton boss Gus Poyet vowed his side would give their all against fierce rivals Crystal Palace in a play-off semi-final he described as far from "normal".

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A 2-0 victory over Wolves, with both goals in the first half from Kazenga LuaLua, secured Albion's fourth-placed finish - their highest for 30 years.

Poyet's side will head to Selhurst Park on Friday, 10 May, before hosting the decider at the Amex Stadium three days later.

"It is not a normal game," Poyet said. "How can you make this into a normal game of football?

"I will be trying my best to think only about football. What it comes down to is two games. We'll have a great go."

Poyet's side finished the season on a nine-game unbeaten run and with the best defensive record in the Championship.

He added: "In the context of the play-offs that is key. We are a difficult side to beat. We are certainly one of the teams in the best form having gone nine games unbeaten.

"It was a perfect game for us because we kept a clean sheet and have conceded the least goals in the division."

Poyet also revealed that matchwinner LuaLua was surprised to get a call-up after breaking a finger in training on Wednesday.

"Kazenga broke his finger and it looked painful but he said it wasn't," he said.

"It really was a game for him and to score so early really set up him. He was delighted when I told him he was playing and he responded perfectly."

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