SEAG­ULLS SOAR INTO TOP SIX

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Walker To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BRIGHTON as­sis­tant man­ager Nathan Jones be­lieves his team have a real­is­tic chance of fin­ish­ing in a play-off spot – claim­ing he doesn’t care what their ri­vals are do­ing.

Goals from Jesse Lin­gard, Leonardo Ul­loa and Jake Forster-Caskey fired Brighton into sixth, two points above Read­ing who play Le­ices­ter City on Mon­day.

At the same time it left Charl­ton, who went into the game un­beaten in the last four meet­ings be­tween the two sides, just one point clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Jones said: “We knew it was a great op­por­tu­nity, with Read­ing play­ing on Mon­day, to get into the top six and we’ve done that.

“I don’t know what it will do to Read­ing, I’m not con­cerned. We just have to keep win­ning. We can’t af­fect them be­cause we’re not go­ing to play them.

“If Read­ing want pres­sure they can add their own pres­sure.

“We’re a good side, we knew that from last year and we’ve con­tin­ued that this year. Re­al­is­ti­cally we’re in a good po­si­tion but let’s not get car­ried away.We have to keep win­ning.

“A few sides have come here, nicked goals and hung on but to­day, thank­fully, we didn’t have that.

“For us our work’s done now and we can go again on Fri­day. It’s an im­por­tant three points, it keeps us in touch with ev­ery­one.”

Lin­gard cap­i­talised on a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween keeper Ben Hamer and Diego Poyet, son of for­mer Seag­ulls boss Gus Poyet, to open the scor­ing in the 11th minute.

Hamer’s short ball caught Poyet un­aware and the 19-year-old was quickly dis­pos­sessed by Kazenga LuaLua.

Both play­ers fell to the floor af­ter the chal­lenge al­low­ing Lin­gard to gather the loose ball and cut it into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Ul­loa con­tro­ver­sially dou­bled the lead shortly be­fore the break with Lin­gard this time serv­ing as provider.

Ul­loa ran be­hind cen­tre back pair­ing Do­rian Dervite and Michael Mor­ri­son, who thought they had played the striker off­side, to latch onto Lin­gard’s through ball and fire high into the net.

Less than a minute ear­lier a heav­ily de­flected ef­fort from Reza Ghoochan­nejhad beat Casper Anker­gren only to hit the bar – Chart­lon’s only mean­ing­ful ef­fort of the match.

Sub­si­tute Forster-Caskey added a third deep into ex­tra time.

The 19-year-old academy grad­u­ate broke from mid­field and had op­tions around but opted to drive it into the net from the edge of the area him­self.

Lin­gard, who has now scored twice in 11 league games for the Seag­ulls, twice came close to adding to his tally on the hour mark. A driven shot from 20 yards beat Hamer only to drift marginally wide.

And less than a minute later he fired over from six yards while one-on-one with the Charl­ton stopper.

Ad­dicks man­ager Jose Riga said: “Against teams like this we have to be at 100 per cent in­di­vid­u­ally.

“Col­lec­tively we do too but we weren’t.

“This is cer­tainly not the Charl­ton you will see on Tues­day. When I saw the cal­en­dar I knew we would face a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties but I am not here to com­plain.

“We have to think that we are bet­ter than we were and that we are still able to stay up.We are in a good po­si­tion and we have to think that we can win ev­ery game and not lose.

“It was a mo­ment to al­low us to come into the game. That’s the big dif­fer­ence be­tween the level of teams.

“We are able to cre­ate chances but cre­at­ing chances and scor­ing is an­other story.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

UN­LEASH­ING: Leonardo Ul­loa scores the sec­ond goal for Brighton. In­set: Jesse Lin­gard scores the first

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