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Sami Hyypia is still finding his feet with his new squad.
Following the appointment of Hyypia in June, Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts told BBC Sussex (h/t BBC Sport) of his delight at the signing of his new manager:
I'm loving it. I think it is an unbelievable appointment by the chairman. It has been four weeks I have worked with him so far and I can't speak highly enough of him. The boys have really taken to how he wants to approach the game.
This approach takes its influence from the former Finland international's playing days, and Hyypia spoke soon after his arrival of his managerial style, per BBC Sport: "As a defender I like that a team defends well... Of course, the attacking play is also important as without goals you can't win."
The 40-year-old places emphasis on utilising possession and making the "quick transition" from defence to attack, and whilst this wasn't wholly apparent on Saturday, this system will develop in time.
Following the weekend's loss, the manager told the club's official website, seagulls.co.uk, that "Every manager always wants to have a better squad and I am hopeful that we will get our targets. Then, maybe, it will look a little bit different... Overall we’re on the right path and it’s work, work, work."
The Seagulls boss is renowned as a patient man and will work confidently to adapt the squad's style of play.
Hyypia is working on adding to the Seagulls' personnel, with a loan move for Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson mooted, per The Guardian, and the Finn will be keen to make his stamp on the club's identity.
It will take time, but Brighton can flourish under the stewardship of the former Red.