Buckley on fire - Poyet

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Brighton manager Gus Poyet heaped praise on match-winner Will Buckley after the midfielder's late strike against Leicester extended the Seagulls' unbeaten run to eight league and cup games.

Buckley struck in the last minute to keep Brighton on the coattails of the clubs in the npower Championship play-off places in a match which also produced three red cards.

A delighted Poyet said of the 22-year-old Buckley, who has now netted five goals in his past six games, on his club's website: "No-one can touch Bucca at the moment because he is on fire."

He added: "He's always there and the balls are falling to him in the right places at the right times. He's creating the chances and he's scoring goals. When somebody is playing as well as Bucca they need to be playing 90 minutes.

"It was a really great touch and finish. He didn't give the goalkeeper a chance to stop it. You have to give massive credit to him (Buckley) because in those situations you can panic and put it over the bar, but he didn't."

It was Leicester's first away defeat since losing 2-1 at Doncaster in mid-December and manager Nigel Pearson felt they deserved to have taken something from the match.

He said: "It was a decent game, Brighton got on top in the first half but we also played some good football and had good opportunities.

"It was evenly-poised game and it was cruel on our players to concede so late on.

"But I am proud of how our players went about it. It's a tough place to come, Brighton provide tough opposition and have their own style of football.

"The game was played in a good spirit by two good sides but unfortunately we have been beaten by a very late goal."

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