Speaking to the club’s official website, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has hailed midfielder Joao Teixeira after the Liverpool loanee’s brace saw his side upset in-form Ipswich Town 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.
Teixeira, 22, had not scored since September going into the match, but his two first-half goals ensured the Seagulls held on for their first home win in the Championship since 4 November, and their third in four games under Houghton.
His first, which put the hosts 2-1 up in the 38th-minute, saw him take on four defenders before cutting in onto his right and scoring from the edge of the box, while his powerful low shot for the second on the stroke of half-time was an effort which goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski could do little about.
It was a showing which left his boss more than impressed, with Hughton declaring on the final whistle: “I thought his performance was excellent.
“We felt if we could get the ball beyond their central midfield players then in Joao we’ve got somebody who’s probably like natural in that position.
“He’s young and he’s playing in a very demanding league, but what he does have is a physicality about him, which I think helps.
“He obviously has a natural ability about him, but he’s young and you have to pick those moments to feed him in and out.
“But I think he showed today what type of quality he’s got.”
Teixeira has recorded four goals in 18 league appearances for Brighton since arriving in August on a season-long loan and, while he has struggled to make his mark at times, there have been clear moments of brilliance.
Hailed as “the new Deco” upon signing for Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon in 2012, the Portugal Under-21 international has made just one outing for his parent club in last season’s 3-2 win at Fulham, but will have the chance to impress on a big stage at the weekend when Arsenal visit the south coast for their fourth-round FA Cup tie against the Seagulls.