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Poyet's Striker Search

16 July 2012

Gus Poyet has told seagulls.co.uk that finding a striker is proving tough but hopes he might be able to add at least one new face this week...

Gus Poyet has told seagulls.co.uk that finding a striker is proving tough but hopes he might be able to add at least one new face this week. 

The Albion boss, speaking after the 5-0 win over Maidstone United, explained, "It is difficult because with strikers there are not many and the few that there are, they are very expensive. 

"So it is difficult to get one. We will see though, we are working. We are still in a good situation with a few - not many but a few - so we will see if we can develop it in the right way.

"I think we have more options with midfielders. There are more possibilities, so it may be easier somehow. We are looking forward to see if we can do at least one deal this week." 

Poyet also explained the absence of new signing Wayne Bridge, as his side cruised to victory over Maidstone in the opening of their new Gallagher Stadium.

The former England International pulled up in the warm up and took no part in the match which saw Ashley Barnes net a nine-minute hat-trick. 

"Bridge wanted to play and we were ready to risk it to a point but then after the warm up it was too much of a risk, so we decided not to force it and let him recover. We will try and play him on Tuesday. 

"He had a tight groin but it's not an injury, it was just really really tight because of the work we have been doing."

The Albion boss also heaped praise on Maidstone's new facilities after his side cruised to an emphatic victory on the artificial surface.

"I was very pleased, the pitch was magnificent. The players were happy and the ball rolled very well. There were no issues and no injuries, so it was perfection. Congratulations to Maidstone."

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