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IAN HOLLOWAY: We deserved more credit from Gus Poyet

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MY LADS went over to a club on Monday night that hadn't lost at home in 2013 with a huge prize up for grabs and we managed to cope with that scenario.

We won when we needed to, and we deserved to. We beat Brighton fair and square, that's what made me proud. The confidence we've got from it is fantastic.

The run we've been on, I think the group has been growing and I couldn't be prouder of them.

Brighton hadn't been beaten there this year until Monday. And once they have gone 1-0 down, they have not come back to win a game either.

I can't understand how arrogant they were.

I think when Gus Poyet watches the game back, I think he'll think it was wrong to just give Wilfried credit.

Without being nasty, he didn't give us much credit, and a few months back he said Will Buckley was better than Wilf.

Last week he said Mile Jedinak was our best player without mentioning Wilf, then all of a sudden after Monday he said he was world-class.

Life is about big moments and I have said to the player that this is a life-changing moment if you can win.

Now they have, they step into the biggest arena with a chance.

I have just got to calm everyone down now, but it's nice to see smiles. Every single person connected with the club did their job at Brighton. I would say it was one of the best moments of my career because everyone wrote us off with the run we were having.

With the talent we've got in the squad, we've got every chance in a situation like this.

My players know what I'm about and I think I helped them on Monday. We talked about what might happen and we had a plan for each scenario because I've been there and done it.

These play-offs are notorious, and we'll try to do the same again against Watford, if it's this, if it's that, you need to do this, you need to do that.

As long as we can go to Wembley with a clear mind and a heart as big as what we've got then anything is possible.

We've kept two clean sheets now, and the last six games have been testing, none more so than Millwall away.

The way Brighton were and the way their fans were, it was almost the biggest test we could have faced and I felt we passed it with flying colours.

When Dean Moxey cleared it off the line from Ashley Barnes, we couldn't get the message through to mark him as it was so loud, and Julian Speroni made a great save to deny him just beforehand.

I was delighted that we came through such a stern test and we've kept our arch-rivals from having some bragging rights because they all thought they were going to do it.

I don't particularly like them now after some of the comments that were aimed at me and the players when we got to the ground, and they deliberately sent the team coach the wrong way too.

A couple of other things happened but I'm delighted we managed to put them in our favour.


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