LEE CLARK was quick to praise Gus Poyet’s promotion success – and play down suggestions of a spat between the pair.
Brighton’s boss branded the Town chief a “hypocrite” after the Galpharm clash in December, when the home side won 2-1.
Clark was upset when Poyet waved an imaginary red card after Town captain Peter Clarke gave away a penalty.
But the former West London playing rivals embraced warmly before last Saturday’s Withdean clash, when Town gave the League I champions a pre-match guard of honour.
And as Poyet and his players were presented with the title trophy, Clark said: “Gus and I have a good relationship and we were sincere in our respect.
“Brighton deserve to be champions and we want to be up in the Championship with them next season.
“The business at our ground was just one comment which was seized on by the television people.
“Gus and I are both big lads, and I’m certain we had bigger battles when I was at Fulham and he was with Chelsea and Tottenham.”