Seagulls flying high

There was a whole lot of extremely exciting Carling Cup football last night, with a host of Premier League big boys given the cup upset treatment: Norwich City and QPR were dumped out by lower league opposition at the first time of asking, at home – yikes.

QPR were humiliated 2-0 at Loftus Road by Rochdale, while City were spanked by evil anti-football monsters MK Dons. However the most heart-warming of them all was Bright and Hove Albion's 1-0 extra-time triumph over Sunderland: the south coast club have only just moved into a new stadium, and it's already had a huge effect on their performances, bringing three wins out of three on home turf. After years of messing about with an athletics stadium, it must feel like the Seagulls are in a clichéd dreamland.

'Honestly, I didn't expect this, and I'm very positive,'said manager Gus Poyet. 'This win makes me feel like we're a good team. We're a proper team playing good football. Now controlling expectations will be down to me.'

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