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Performances, Not Results, Matter In Pre Season

Performances, Not Results, Matter In Pre Season

New manager Sami Hyypia has said his main focus in our pre season games will be the performances of the players, not the results that we pick up across our schedule.

Brighton start our preparations for the new season on July 5th in a friendly against Lewes at the Dripping Pan, before heading off to Spain for two games and a training camp, and then returning for matches against Crawley Town and Peterborough United before ending the build up against Premier League Southampton, and Hyypia told the Official Site that he doesn't place too much stock in results over a pre season, because they are non competitive warm up matches for fitness and to try new tactics only.

'My idea of pre season games is that they are only preparation for the new season. I would like the team to have more purposeful possession on the ball, so maybe that will be our biggest challenge. We also need to be a bit more active when we lose the ball, so those are maybe the two things we have to work on in this six week period. If we concentrate and do those things properly in matches, then the result is secondary for me. It's all about preparing the team and the individual players for the season, as we don't get any points from the friendly games.'

Hyypia quickly adds though, that obviously a good pre season can give a team momentum for the campaign, install an early winning mentality and give players confidence and belief to hit their best form, so obviously we will be taking the matches seriously and we will be going out to win them, but for him, as long as we use the games properly to prepare and we take what we've worked on during training into the 90 minutes, he's not going to be overly upset should a result go against us.

'The opposition will be tougher in each game and if we put into practice the things we do on the training pitch then we'll win many games.'

With our habit now of blooding and bringing through younger players given those that got onto the pitch last season, our new gaffer also says he has no plans to change that mentality because he knows how important it is to develop your own stars of the future.

'The Academy is now here at the training ground and it's great for me to be so close to it. When a player is good enough then it doesn't matter how old they are. I don't have any problems letting the younger players into the team if they are good enough.'

He ends that part of the interview by saying, that he knows we have a good crop of youngsters in the first team picture already and he's excited about the next batch coming through because effectively he'd love a production line of young talent emanating from our Academy each and every year.

'It's a great challenge ahead for me and I will do everything I can to find that missing piece of the puzzle for us to be in the Premier League.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday June 26 2014
Time: 5:47PM

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