Sami Hyypia: Every game is 'tough' in the Championship

Sami Hyypia

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has been satisfied with his sides start to the season, despite sitting in mid table.

The Seagulls have won two of their five games this season, claiming seven points to sit 13th place in the Championship table.

The performances of Lewis Dunk, Gordon Greer and Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira have drawn praise, although as a team they have yet to impress. They have yet to face a team with real aspirations of promotion this season, and head coach Hyypia revealed that he doesn’t mind losing if it is too a better team.

Speaking to the official Seagulls website, the former Liverpool man said: "If we give our all and lose to the better team than we have done our best but I feel we haven't lost to a better team this season.

“I want to win every game, so if we had won every game I would be satisfied with our start but when you take into account the small squad we had, the start of the season was okay.

“I’m only satisfied when we win all the games, football is all about winning and giving everything you have got in every game.”

Brighton face recently promoted League One champions Brentford this weekend, a game that theoretically lists the Seagulls as favourites. However, Hyypia is well aware of the Championship as a division - with no one guaranteed a result.

“I knew when I came here the Championship was a very tough league and anyone can beat anyone.

“Every game is a battle and you need to be on top of your game in every match. If you take any game lightly, or your concentration isn’t 100%, you are going to get beaten.”

Brighton have been strengthened by the news that midfielder Andrew Crofts signed a new one-year contract extension - keeping him at the Amex Stadium until 2018. Having fought back from a serious injury last term, Crofts is looking to establish himself back in the first-team, and has made three appearances under Hyypia.

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