Stoke defender Matthew Upson hails Brighton boss Gus Poyet as an inspiration
On-loan Brighton defender Matthew Upson admits he is enjoying working under manager Gus Poyet.
Last Updated: 12/03/13 3:03pm
Stoke centre-back Upson is at the AMEX Stadium until the end of the season as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League and he is keen to play his part.
"I enjoy the training as we like to pass the ball and Gus gives you the freedom to express yourself and play," he told Brighton's official website.
"He doesn't put a lot of restrictions on you and he is a good guy to work for.
"I just want to do the best I can for Brighton until the end of the season and hopefully make a play-off place, that is my goal.
"Anything after that I am not really too concerned about, I just want to do well and the best I can here.
"I am enjoying it, I have found my feet now and feel my fitness is good. I am starting to put some good performances in, so I am happy.
"We have some good players and a good philosophy of how we want to play, and the results have been pretty steady.
"We have got a good chance to make the top six given our form and how we are going. But it is very competitive and there are a lot of teams in and around us who can achieve a play-off place, so it is going to be a really exciting end to the season."
Brighton have a game in hand on sixth-placed Nottingham Forest and will go above them if they secure at least a draw away to Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Albion were beaten by Bolton in their last match and were recently held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by strugglers Bristol City, with Upson recognising the importance of the trip to Oakwell.
"It is our game in hand so we need to make it count," he added.
"We will have to go into the game and produce more than we did at Bristol and it will be down to us to take the emphasis and lead on the front foot.
"We are in such a key time of the season and we have to throw everything into the games.
"We need to win as many as we can to get in the top six; it is a big target of all the players and the staff."