• Sami Hyypia's Bolton Pre-Match Press Round Up

    With the woes of the first two league games extinguished by an excellent display at Leeds on Tuesday that saw the Seagulls pick up their first win of the Championship season, it’s back to the Amex as they look to get their first home points of the season on board.

    And in his pre-match press conference in the run-up to tomorrows clash with Bolton, Manager Sami Hyypia was clearly very satisfied with the performance that his players produced at Elland Road, with the signs there in midweek that things are beginning to click.

    Whilst he admitted that improvements can always be made, the Finn agreed that a clear difference was there to see between the disappointing performance at St Andrews last weekend which he said he was “not happy” about post-match, and the assured showing from his team on Tuesday evening.

    Defeat in the opening two Championship games of the season to Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans, leaving them unconvinced that the side that Albion had put together over the summer would be able to compete at the top end of the division again, with confidence low amongst sections of the support going into the trip to West Yorkshire.

    However Hyypia says that this sort of atmosphere certainly wasn’t reflected in how the players reacted to those losses.

    “It’s been good. It’s not like I’ve been seeing players getting frustrated or that the mood has been bad when we didn’t get the results that we wanted.

    “That’s part of football. Sometimes you can have a bad day at the office, but the next game comes so quickly that you can’t dwell on it too long, but you can’t celebrate too long either. That’s how I’d like it to be all season.”

    The 2-0 victory over Leeds also saw full debuts for recent signings Joao Teixeira and Danny Holla, with both playing a crucial role in securing victory.

    They are two of four new names that have been added to Albion’s squad in the past week, with former Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt – who also spoke to the local press for the first time today – joining after a trial period with the club, and left back Joe Bennett arriving on a season-long loan from Aston Villa on Wednesday.

    Hyypia was happy to fill one of key positions in the side, with full backs playing a key role in the way his team attacks form the wide positions, and spoke further about how his squad was looking.

    “We’re still hoping for a few new faces to make the squad stronger. We’re working hard to do that and after that it’s up to us to work on the pitch and continue to improve.”

    Many were surprised to see Teixeira, and Holla in particular start away from home on Tuesday. The 26-year old himself admitted before the game that he hasn’t had a full pre-season, however he played an influential part in proceedings at Elland Road for 75 minutes before being substituted.

    However Brighton’s boss had no qualms about giving the Dutchman, along with Liverpool loanee Teixeira a chance in the starting line up.

    “I wanted to put them straight in because the more minutes they get it helps them to adapt to our team, and helps them to perform at the level I would like them to be at.

    “Danny hasn’t had the chance to play many games, but I think he did very well and that’s what I wanted to see from him.”

    Bolton’s visit to the Amex last season saw Albion come from a goal down to win 3-1, with all three strikes coming in the space of four minutes in the second half.

    The Trotters have struggled to build up momentum so far, having only picked up one point so far and pressure continuing to mount on their manager Dougie Freedman.

    Whilst Brighton fans would be delighted to see their side put the former Crystal Palace player and boss under more scrutiny with a third defeat in four league games, they have yet to get that first league win at the Amex – although in fairness they’ve only had the one chance at doing so on the opening day of the season.

    Hyypia believes that the former Premier League side will pose a similar threat to the sides they’ve already played, and whilst he understands how crucial good home form can be, it isn’t everything.

    “It’s very important, I see the home and away games the same way. I don’t think we’ll be playing any more offensive or defensive if it’s a home game or away game.

    “The game at Leeds showed that we can push the game and play offensive away as well, and that’s how it’s going to be.”

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    1. LamieRobertson's Avatar
      LamieRobertson -
      All good stuff....i think we are seeing a clear statement in the way SH wants things..which all bodes well
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