Championship - Poyet admits Chris Wood interest

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted Chris Wood was the kind of striker he would like to sign after the New Zealander's brace in Millwall's 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium.

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Championship - Poyet admits Chris Wood interest

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Chris Wood, centre, was the subject of both managers' praise after his brace

After Wood's double the Seagulls battled back to force their third successive draw with substitute Kazenga LuaLua hitting a superb 61st-minute strike before David Lopez's penalty two minutes from time.

Poyet has made no secret of his desire to spend big in January on a goalscorer he believes could clinch a place in the top six of the Championship.

Wood, who is on loan with Millwall from West Brom, now boasts 10 goals this term and had a spell at Brighton a couple of seasons ago.

Poyet said: "He is the kind of player we would like to bring in.

"He's only 21 and I feel he will be a top, top player. When he was with us on loan he was a baby but now he is maturing. He's a man now.

"He's clinical and brave and we have played a part in helping him on his way."

Poyet felt his decision to bring on LuaLua six minutes before half-time was critical in eventually taking something from the game.

He added: "For the first time as a manager I made a substitution in the first half, and it was a proper fightback.

"There was desire, character and belief. It was one way and a great football comeback. We've seen a massive change in Kazenga. He is totally different now and is training well and desperate to play."

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