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Sami Hyypia: We need to toughen up

27 October 2014

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia called on his players to "toughen up a bit" after their winless run in the Championship was extended to 10 games with a 1-1 home draw against Rotherham United.

Defender Joe Bennett put the Seagulls ahead with his first goal for the club in first-half stoppage time, but former Albion striker Alex Revell pounced four minutes after the break to help Rotherham stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

Hyypia blamed "wrong decisions on the ball " in the second half for his side's continued struggle, and brushed off scrutiny over his future.

The Finn said: "We needed to defend well at the start of the second half but I felt we made wrong decisions on the ball. We lost the ball and didn't create that many chances.

"We need to try and work hard to make the individuals better and we need to go to the transfer market to try and bring in a few players to add quality.

"We need to toughen up a bit, be mentally tougher and more mature to play the whole 90 minutes."

The Seagulls have now drawn six of their last seven games and there was some booing at the end from the crowd of 24,370 at the Amex Stadium.

"The fans have the right to show their emotion," added Hyypia. "We need to get the three points somehow, it's very important.

"We need to roll up our sleeves and get the win one way or another. We can't keep drawing or losing; we need to crack a win somehow."

Hyypia admitted that he "couldn't do his work properly" if he thought too much about outside pressure.

He said: "I can understand outside pressure but at the moment I'm not losing much sleep over it. It's important I keep my concentration."

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