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In Focus: Brighton & Hove Albion v Millwall

12 December 2014

The Sky Sports cameras will be on the South Coast on Friday night when Brighton & Hove Albion host Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship, and we've taken a closer look at the match.

The two sides have struggled to get going this term with the Seagulls in the relegation zone - 22nd - on 18 points and the Lions just above them in 20th with 20 points.

Brighton have lost their most recent two matches, against Fulham and Derby County, and drew the two before that, meaning they are without a win since 4th November when they overcame Wigan Athletic 1-0. In all, they've notched just one victory in 16 outings.

Millwall's last win was also by a 1-0 scoreline but that was way back in October against Cardiff City.

Since then, they've shared the spoils on three occasions and been defeated three times, including last weekend's 5-1 home trouncing at the hands of Middlesbrough. The Lions are on a similarly wretched run to Brighton, tasting victory only once in 15.


The overall head-to-head between these two teams is incredibly tight, with Brighton currently edging Millwall 38-36 on wins, with 24 meetings ending level.

The Seagulls are also the form side over recent encounters having not lost to the Lions in six clashes, stretching back to January 2010. Four of the meetings since that win for Millwall at the Withdean have ended level, including all three at the Amex Stadium, while Brighton have won the other two at The Den.

Generous hosts: A match involving Brighton and Millwall hasn't been won by the hosting team in nine games, with Brighton's 4-1 win on the South Coast in November 2008 the most recent home success in this encounter.


Brighton manager Sami Hyypia is set to be without the services of Gordon Greer and Sam Baldock, while midfield duo Dale Stephens and Andrew Crofts remain long-term absentees.

Spanish forward Adrian Colunga, who has three goals this term, is back in contention after suspension.

Millwall winger Lee Martin missed last weekend's loss to Middlesbrough with a toe injury and remains sidelined. Nicky Bailey and Carlos Edwards are recovering from injuries but this match will come too soon for them to make a return.

Experienced defender Danny Shittu is likely to be restored to the team after the Lions were 4-0 behind by half-time against Boro.

Did you know? Brighton were the first team to play against Millwall at the Old Den, on 22nd October 1910.


Brighton boss Sami Hyypia believes it's up to him and his team to lift the atmosphere at the club ahead of the live match, telling “We are responsible for making the atmosphere good.

"If we play well and create chances, the atmosphere will be good and people will get behind us.

“Football is a 90-minute game and it doesn’t really change much if the other team score. We don’t have to get nervous about that.

“Of course we go into the game to keep a clean sheet and score goals and if we defend and attack well, then we’ll definitely get the people behind us and that’s very important.

“In the times when it is not going our way, we need the fans more than any other time.”

Millwall manager Ian Holloway has drawn a line under last week’s defeat by Middlesbrough, and is going back to basics to try and get the right result at the Amex Stadium.

He told “We got something wrong in the performance and we have looked at that and analysed it.

“There was so much wrong with the display that we have to go back and start again. Disappointing days like that will make us stronger and I certainly feel more determined.

“I think it’s very simple – we need to go back to what we’ve been doing. Get our shape back, work together, close together, stay solid and when we have the ball, move it around.

“There is nothing wrong that a win wouldn’t put right and that would make us all feel better.”


There have been a number of players who have donned the different shades of blue over the years.

Millwall legend Les Briley made over 250 appearances for the Lions, captaining them to the Division 2 title in 1987/88. His last game came against Brighton in the 1990/91 Play-Offs, and he joined the Seagulls on a free transfer just three months later.

Arguably the biggest name to play for both sides is Gerry Armstrong. The former Northern Ireland international spent three seasons on the South Coast during the 1980s, with a brief loan spell at The Den coming during that period.

From more recent times, David Livermore and Will Hoskins have appeared for both clubs, and who can forget eccentric striker Bas Savage? After netting nine times for Brighton, he took his colourful hairstyles and moonwalk celebration to South East London, where he scored twice before moving to Tranmere Rovers at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.


The Sky Sports cameras will be at the Amex to capture all the action, and we'll be tweeting updates from our Sky Bet Championship divisional account - @SkyBetChamp. Join in the conversation using #Championship.

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