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Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia happy with Brighton performance at Watford

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia
Image: Sami Hyypia: Felt Brighton played well at Watford

Sami Hyypia believes only "little adjustments" are needed despite a 1-1 draw at Watford making it seven Championship games without a victory.

The Hornets took the lead after a Daniel Tozser free-kick found a gaping hole in the Seagulls' defensive wall, but the visitors secured a point through a Lewis Dunk header from a corner.

The Brighton boss said: "I need to accept a point, even if I don't want to. We played much better in the second half and we had the chances to win the game. It's not good to concede that kind of goal, it goes through the wall and you are chasing the game.

"We showed reaction, we had the urgency in the second half to play well and play better than in the first half and create enough chances that we could have won the game."

Asked about Tozser's goal, Hyypia responded: "I didn't even think it was a good free-kick. When that type of free-kick goes in you can't be very happy with that. Those are basic things. If you are in the wall you stand there, even if you get arrows towards you. That's it."

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Watford climbed to second in the Sky Bet Championship despite being held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road.

The Seagulls manager added: "It's frustrating to concede that kind of goal but it's frustrating as well and with one point every game you're not going to go higher in the table.

"It would be easier to change something if we played badly, but now it's only little adjustments we need to make. We need to be more clinical and maybe more determined in the final third when we have the chance to put the ball in the back of the net and then we'll win games, for sure."

The point was enough to take Watford second in the table and head coach Billy McKinlay was broadly pleased with his side's efforts, despite seeing two points dropped.

He said: "From our point of view, generally up to the goal we'd limited them to very little. You could argue we never created as much as we would have liked, certainly in the first half, but I felt we were in good control of the game at the time. I felt the shape of the team was good, the back four were outstanding and the effort was terrific.

"Obviously after the goal they've had one or two half-chances they might have felt disappointed they didn't take, but I was really pleased with our performance for a number of reasons."

The Hornets did struggle to create opportunities in the final third and McKinlay explained: "I wanted to make sure the shape of the team was right through the middle of the pitch.

"Brighton are a good side, they control the game, they cause teams all sorts of problems so I felt we had to adjust on that, which we did in the sense of making sure that we weren't over-run in midfield. That probably took a little edge of our attacking play, particularly in the first half."

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