Gus Poyet pleased with performance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Brighton and Hove Albion's manager Gustavo Poyet before their sides match in the FA Cup fourth round on January 26, 2013
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Brighton & Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet insists that he is pleased with his side's display in their 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has praised his side for their efforts in their 3-2 defeat to Arsenal.

The Seagulls came close to earning a replay in their FA Cup fourth-round clash, before Theo Walcott grabbed an 85th-minute winner for the Gunners.

Despite the defeat, Poyet was upbeat about his side's display, but admitted that they found it difficult to deal with Arsenal's quality.

"It is a funny feeling because we are more disappointed than we should be in the dressing room. It is like we had lost a final," said Poyet.

"We had the chance to do something special, but when you lose players like we did to injury, against players like the quality of Arsenal, there is not much you can do.

"When you see [Jack] Wilshere doing stretches and Walcott sprinting up and down on the sidelines ready to come on, you know you have got a problem. It was difficult, but we did what we had planned - competed and scored two good goals."

Brighton are currently chasing promotion in the Championship, lying in seventh place.

Arsenal player Oliver Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in his sides match with Brighton and Hove Albion on January 26, 2013
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