Poyet warns players to keep clam against Sheffield Wednesday

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BRIGHTON manager Gus Poyet is urging his players to keep calm as they prepare to face a resurgent Wednesday side.

The Seagulls will need no more that eight points from their remaining seven games to confirm their promotion.

Poyet will hope that the ending of a fantastic run by his team last week is not a sign of promotion nerves: they drew 2-2 at Rochdale after winning all eight games in March.

He also wants his players to stay out of trouble - citing Peter Crouch as an example of how the best-laid plans can go astray.

Poyet could also be thinking back to the first month of the season: Brighton suffered two red cards in the first three games and then lost 1-0 at Hillsborough thanks to a terrific goal by Giles Coke, who played a one-two with Marcus Tudgay and shot into the bottom corner.

On that occasion the Brighton manager also spotlighted an incident involving Neil Mellor and Adam El-Habd.

The defender appeared to confront Mellor, who pushed him away in the chest and saw him go down holding his face - behaviour to which the Hillsborough crowd took a dim view.

Poyet felt that the striker could have been landed with red card - but Wednesday followers saw him as the innocent party.

All of this did, however, provide a reminder of the potential that one incident can have to change the entire course of a game - as Crouch’s sending off in the Real Madrid v Spurs match illustrated.

Poyet, looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash, says: “It’s a normal game for us. We just don’t want any accident. We don’t want anything crazy like Peter Crouch being sent off after 15 minutes in the Santiago Bernabeu. We want to make sure we do the right things.

“Imagine what that is like for a manager. You plan for whatever, then after 15 minutes you get a man sent off like that.”

Poyet is confident that his team will avoid the jitters: “I know some people might be getting a bit anxious, but we’re not. We want to win promotion as soon as possible but we are happy as we are.”

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