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HYYPIA: MAJOR TEST AHEAD

27 September 2014


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia has warned his team that concentration will be key when face their biggest test of the season to date against Nottingham Forest.

Hyypia’s men head to the City Ground to face Stuart Pearce’s top-of-the-table side at the City Ground today, and the Seagulls boss has called for focus from his players.

He told seagulls.co.uk, “It is a big test for us. Defensively we have done much better lately and hopefully we will continue to concentrate defensively.

“Offensively, I know we can play, but we need a little bit more concentration and quality in the final third then we will score goals.

“We need to remember the good things we have done when we have been strong, and be on top of our game – but I am confident we can give a good performance and get something."

  
The Finn also says good teamwork is needed if Albion want keep Forest’s potent front line quiet; a strike force which is likely to include £5m record signing and the Championship's leading scorer Britt Assombalonga - who's already scored against Albion for Peterborough in pre-season.

He added, “When you are one against one with this type of player you have to be very careful not to sell yourself and let him clean through – you need help from the other players when you face good opposition, and hopefully we will continue to defend compactly and help each other.

“We analyse the opponents, but you can’t change the way you think for one player. It is a good team we are facing and we have looked at those individuals who are dangerous and have quality.

“I like to think, whoever we play, we have our system, but we are not changing. You might adjust a bit, but to change it a lot we’d need four or five days’ preparation.”

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