It’s a ‘very big game’ for Swindon says Brighton boss Hyypia

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia

First published in Sport

BRIGHTON boss Sami Hyypia is steeling his side for a motivated Swindon Town ahead of their League Cup second round clash tonight.

The former Liverpool and Finland captain, took over at the Amex during the summer after a spell in charge of Bayer Leverkusen, the club he left Anfield to play for.

After a tough start the Finn has guided the Seagulls to back-to-back wins over Leeds and Bolton, with goals from Joao Teixeira crucial in both.

Hyypia is looking to make it three on the bounce at the County Ground, with a side that could include new signing, Spanish striker Adrian Colunga.

“I think this game will give us an option to give minutes to some of the players who haven’t played a lot recently. With Colunga we still haven’t got the international clearance, so we will see how it develops for tomorrow,” he said.

“I think for them it is a very big game, playing a side which is in a higher league than themselves.

“Usually that motivates a side very much and they are definitely up for the game and for a fight.”

There are a number of current connections between the two sides. Former Swindon captain Gordon Greer now wears the armband for the Seagulls. George Barker, Raphael Branco, Yaser Kasim and Anton Rogers were all part of Brighton’s development squad, where they would have worked with Mark Cooper’s assistant Luke Williams.

Though most of that movement came before Hyypia’s time he appears to be well aware of what Town are about.

“From what I have seen of them they like to play football as well, so it is going to be an interesting game to be involved in.”

“I want to win every game. We need a good attitude, a good mentality, a good start. We need to make sure we are up for it from the start.”

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6:33am Tue 26 Aug 14

vikingred says...

Should be an interesting game with Brighton clear favourites. Hoping Swindon can pull off a win and get a lucrative tie in the next round. Heart says yes we will do it, but head says they will score at least 2 against us, so we need some end product to our attacking play tonight. Good luck Town..!!
Should be an interesting game with Brighton clear favourites. Hoping Swindon can pull off a win and get a lucrative tie in the next round. Heart says yes we will do it, but head says they will score at least 2 against us, so we need some end product to our attacking play tonight. Good luck Town..!! vikingred
  • Score: 14

8:47am Tue 26 Aug 14

old town robin says...

With all the rain we've had the last day or two, hope the pitch doesn't cut up too bad after some great preparation this summer from Marcus Cassiidy's team. 3 games in 8 days will bound to have some effect, but it'll have a couple of weeks to recover with no home game until Oldham on Sept 16th

See Gordon Greer has been called up for Scotland, if he plays, he should get a decent reception from the fans, as he never asked Fitton for a transfer, he was just sold on the cheap because our chairman thought he was too old and wouldn't give him a decent length contract pf more than a year. he hasn't done too bad for an old man has he.

It will be interesting to see how Smith and Williams with their pace do against a very good centre back, albeit with his lack of pace there should be chances for them to exploit.
With all the rain we've had the last day or two, hope the pitch doesn't cut up too bad after some great preparation this summer from Marcus Cassiidy's team. 3 games in 8 days will bound to have some effect, but it'll have a couple of weeks to recover with no home game until Oldham on Sept 16th See Gordon Greer has been called up for Scotland, if he plays, he should get a decent reception from the fans, as he never asked Fitton for a transfer, he was just sold on the cheap because our chairman thought he was too old and wouldn't give him a decent length contract pf more than a year. he hasn't done too bad for an old man has he. It will be interesting to see how Smith and Williams with their pace do against a very good centre back, albeit with his lack of pace there should be chances for them to exploit. old town robin
  • Score: 5

9:23am Tue 26 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

It's a big game for any hard up club, every win = more cash in the bank.
I hope our youth and enthusiasm can match the experience of the Seagulls. Hypia was a great defender and will get Greer et al well organised the pace of our front two may not be enough.
It would be great though to emulate that great 3-0 win of a couple of seasons ago . COYR's
It's a big game for any hard up club, every win = more cash in the bank. I hope our youth and enthusiasm can match the experience of the Seagulls. Hypia was a great defender and will get Greer et al well organised the pace of our front two may not be enough. It would be great though to emulate that great 3-0 win of a couple of seasons ago . COYR's Stilloyal
  • Score: 1

10:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Sammy sounds confident and seems to be a hint in there that it won't be a first team side for them this evening. But only he knows for now. I think we'll make them work for it, not overly confident of a win but by no means certain of a loss either, really could go either way, and things will get interesting after the first goal and how the other team reacts. Hope it's finished in normal time anyway, no-one wants 120 minutes and a shootout.
Sammy sounds confident and seems to be a hint in there that it won't be a first team side for them this evening. But only he knows for now. I think we'll make them work for it, not overly confident of a win but by no means certain of a loss either, really could go either way, and things will get interesting after the first goal and how the other team reacts. Hope it's finished in normal time anyway, no-one wants 120 minutes and a shootout. Swindon1984
  • Score: 2

11:32am Tue 26 Aug 14

MITTED says...

"Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS!
"Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS! MITTED
  • Score: -3

12:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

MITTED wrote:
"Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS!
It all depends on what team they bring...
I bet you they dont play 3 at the back..
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: "Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS![/p][/quote]It all depends on what team they bring... I bet you they dont play 3 at the back.. dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

12:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Custodian says...

old town robin wrote:
With all the rain we've had the last day or two, hope the pitch doesn't cut up too bad after some great preparation this summer from Marcus Cassiidy's team. 3 games in 8 days will bound to have some effect, but it'll have a couple of weeks to recover with no home game until Oldham on Sept 16th

See Gordon Greer has been called up for Scotland, if he plays, he should get a decent reception from the fans, as he never asked Fitton for a transfer, he was just sold on the cheap because our chairman thought he was too old and wouldn't give him a decent length contract pf more than a year. he hasn't done too bad for an old man has he.

It will be interesting to see how Smith and Williams with their pace do against a very good centre back, albeit with his lack of pace there should be chances for them to exploit.
Coventry on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: With all the rain we've had the last day or two, hope the pitch doesn't cut up too bad after some great preparation this summer from Marcus Cassiidy's team. 3 games in 8 days will bound to have some effect, but it'll have a couple of weeks to recover with no home game until Oldham on Sept 16th See Gordon Greer has been called up for Scotland, if he plays, he should get a decent reception from the fans, as he never asked Fitton for a transfer, he was just sold on the cheap because our chairman thought he was too old and wouldn't give him a decent length contract pf more than a year. he hasn't done too bad for an old man has he. It will be interesting to see how Smith and Williams with their pace do against a very good centre back, albeit with his lack of pace there should be chances for them to exploit.[/p][/quote]Coventry on Saturday. Custodian
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

MITTED wrote:
"Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS!
Not sure why you're getting minuses for that one. Seems spot on to me. I suppose you can't blame their manager for talking up his own club and team but they're hardly a big scalp or a big attraction. It will be interesting to see how seriously they take it. Poyet wasn't the least bit interested or concerned when we knocked them out a couple of years ago.
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: "Big game" against Brighton? Come on, get real. Tonight's attendance will be 6K at the very best and most likely about 5k. It is an opportunity to get a money-spinner in the next round for them and us, nothing more. That said, I think Brighton will win comfortably but you never know, COME ON YOU REDS![/p][/quote]Not sure why you're getting minuses for that one. Seems spot on to me. I suppose you can't blame their manager for talking up his own club and team but they're hardly a big scalp or a big attraction. It will be interesting to see how seriously they take it. Poyet wasn't the least bit interested or concerned when we knocked them out a couple of years ago. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Sammy sounds confident and seems to be a hint in there that it won't be a first team side for them this evening. But only he knows for now. I think we'll make them work for it, not overly confident of a win but by no means certain of a loss either, really could go either way, and things will get interesting after the first goal and how the other team reacts. Hope it's finished in normal time anyway, no-one wants 120 minutes and a shootout.
Told you, crippled by extra time.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Sammy sounds confident and seems to be a hint in there that it won't be a first team side for them this evening. But only he knows for now. I think we'll make them work for it, not overly confident of a win but by no means certain of a loss either, really could go either way, and things will get interesting after the first goal and how the other team reacts. Hope it's finished in normal time anyway, no-one wants 120 minutes and a shootout.[/p][/quote]Told you, crippled by extra time. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0
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