Gus’s Gulls are coasting

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The Seagulls won 1-0 at Bristol City to maintain their position at the top of the Championship - and having seen off Sunderland they are looking forward to the visit of Liverpool in the Carling Cup. Poyet said: “I’m not sure how good we are. But we are difficult to break down and keep going for 95 minutes if necessary. It’s a great time for everyone involved in Brighton. We got a good Cup draw so we are really on a roll.”

Birmingham climbed out of the relegation after thumping Millwall 3-0 yesterday. New Zealand international Chris Wood plundered a hat-trick to hand the reigning Carling Cup holders only their second league win of the season.

“We were up against a very tough team that started the game well but we showed great resilience,” said Blues boss Chris Hughton.