Poyet salutes Razak display

Jewell felt Ipswich deserved more against Brighton

Gus Poyet: Praised on-loan midfielder Abdul Razak and feels he can help their push for a play-off place

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Brighton boss Gus Poyet praised on-loan midfielder Abdul Razak for his starring role in the club's 3-0 win over Ipswich at the AMEX Stadium.

Razak joined the South Coast club on-loan from Manchester City earlier this month and is set to stay until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old marked his home debut with an impressive display as the Seagulls maintained their unbeaten league record in 2012.

A brace from Ashley Barnes and another from Craig Mackail-Smith gave the Seagulls their sixth win in nine league games and moved them up to seventh in the table, only out of the play-off places on goal difference.

Poyet believes the arrival of Razak could give his side momentum at a crucial stage of the season.

"Razak has steel and is totally different to what we've got," said the Uruguayan.

"He picks out everyone on the pitch with his passing, even from 40 yards and that is quality.

"No one knocked him off the ball, either. He's solid, massive and it's nice when you have a player who is doing something unique.

"We will try and keep him until the end of the season, and hopefully use him all the time."

Down to earth

Ipswich were brought down to earth with a bump after four successive wins but boss Paul Jewell felt they should have taken something from the game, especially after their first half display.

"The 3-0 scoreline flattered Brighton," he said. "We are disappointed to lose the game. Brighton are on a good run but in the first half we were the better team.

"The second goal, and the manner of it, was a kick in the teeth.

"I thought that had we got a goal back after half-time we would have had a chance. It looks like a bad defeat but it's not. However, we've got to be better.

"When we've made basic errors, we've been punished. We are disappointed in the result but not so much the performance.

"You have to try and stop the opposition and we tried to close them down. We played some good stuff but sadly the only thing missing was goals.

"We know where we need to strengthen. We don't seem to draw games and that is a cause for concern. But it's a tough league and there are no easy games."