Brighton manager Gus Poyet feels his team are heading in the right direction despite a third game without a win after a goalless draw against Derby at Pride Park.

Poyet reckoned his side slightly shaded a match of few chances after they struck the woodwork twice in the second half although goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak did well to keep out long range strikes near the end.

"I'm not saying we totally deserved to beat Derby but I think we were slightly better," Poyet said. "I think we had the best chances and the best approach play and most of the ball. Of course there was danger at the end with the fans and the atmosphere but I am going home relaxed today, I like what I see."

Poyet would have enjoyed the journey even more if Dean Hammond had not headed wide of a gaping goal but the Brighton boss admitted: "Three of our players were going for the same ball and pushing each other to try and score the winning goal but I call that football, we accept things because you can't control everything.

"So the basics were spot on today but we are missing Macca (Craig Mackail-Smith) too much. The way he started, a lot because he started the season on fire and when you have a striker who whatever he does he scores, you want that player on the pitch, week in, week out so we are looking forward to see him training this coming week."

Derby manager Nigel Clough was also missing his top scorer Jamie Ward with a hamstring injury and felt that was a big factor in the game ending in a stalemate.

"The two leading scorers were not on the pitch today and I would say that contributed to the 0-0 without a doubt," he said. "In games like that when they are so tight you need someone to do something a bit special occasionally and get you a goal from nothing and maybe there's wasn't that player on the pitch to do that today.

"You are never overly satisfied with a point at home and a 0-0 but in the context of the week we've had and the side we were up against I thought it was a very good point."