Sami wants Albion to play with style

Sami Hyypia watches the win at Leeds

Sami Hyypia watches the win at Leeds

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Sami Hyypia wants Albion to play their way out of the Championship.

Hyypia set his stall out in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory at Leeds United by packing his new-look side with players comfortable on the ball.

He said: “I would be maybe in the wrong place if I thought we couldn’t play like this in the Championship. Where it takes us, time will tell, but that’s the style I would like to play. I think the players will enjoy it as well.

“In the past years many teams who want to play football have been promoted to the Premier League, so that’s a positive.”

Hyypia gave full debuts at Elland Road to new signings Danny Holla and Joao Teixeira in a midfield which also included Bruno, Jake Forster-Caskey and Kemy Agustien.

The Finn said: “I think if you want to play football you need to have those kind of players on the field.

“I was a defender so I don’t know if it’s strange to want to play like this but that’s what I like and that’s what we’ll try to look like all season. I wouldn’t say everything is working now like it should but we are in a good way.

“I think we can take a lot of confidence from the performance into the next games and continue working on our possession game and get even better on the ball.

“The battling is there. We are working hard defensively and hopefully we can keep the good football going.”

The Amex faithful get their first look at Hyypia’s revamped team against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

New left-back loan signing Joe Bennett from Aston Villa could make his debut and so could gifted ex-Barnsley playmaker Paddy McCourt, with Agustien an injury doubt.

Hyypia said: “He (McCourt) can see some passes that nobody else can. His pre-season hasn’t been very consistent.

“Sometimes he’s trained, sometimes he hasn’t.

“I think we need to work a little bit on his fitness and hopefully he is going to be a very good addition to the squad.”

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7:13am Fri 22 Aug 14

jockithenoo says...

It appears sami has a plan for a different style of play the Elland Road performance showed the first signs of our new era.
Moving the ball forward with confidence and speed and the recent signings showing why they where brought in.
This transition period might not be so bad after all
Keep the faith
UTA
It appears sami has a plan for a different style of play the Elland Road performance showed the first signs of our new era. Moving the ball forward with confidence and speed and the recent signings showing why they where brought in. This transition period might not be so bad after all Keep the faith UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 27

7:15am Fri 22 Aug 14

Eddy B says...

sounding good, let's play name my team-
Stockdale
Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen
Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt
Teixeira CMS

subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton

although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt
sounding good, let's play name my team- Stockdale Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt Teixeira CMS subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt Eddy B
  • Score: -16

7:24am Fri 22 Aug 14

Hugothepug says...

My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!!

Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!!
My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!! Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!! Hugothepug
  • Score: 18

7:26am Fri 22 Aug 14

Eddy B says...

Eddy B wrote:
sounding good, let's play name my team-
Stockdale
Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen
Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt
Teixeira CMS

subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton

although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt
Sorry forgot Lua Lua, sub instead of the extra Bennet!
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: sounding good, let's play name my team- Stockdale Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt Teixeira CMS subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt[/p][/quote]Sorry forgot Lua Lua, sub instead of the extra Bennet! Eddy B
  • Score: -2

8:16am Fri 22 Aug 14

Sheil says...

Quite honestly it sounds as tho' exciting times could be ahead!

Sami appears to be more upbeat no doubt a lot to do with Tuesday's very good win which will have boosted the players morale no end.

All these new players......can't help but bet the gate will be better than most were anticipating last w/end. Expectations will be higher!
Come on & support the great club we are!

UTA
Quite honestly it sounds as tho' exciting times could be ahead! Sami appears to be more upbeat no doubt a lot to do with Tuesday's very good win which will have boosted the players morale no end. All these new players......can't help but bet the gate will be better than most were anticipating last w/end. Expectations will be higher! Come on & support the great club we are! UTA Sheil
  • Score: 10

8:17am Fri 22 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Morning If we play like we did at Leeds we will be a match for anyone in this league, the support at home needs to improve the Amex should be rocking with great atmosphere, same starting eleven for me!!
Up the Albion!!
Morning If we play like we did at Leeds we will be a match for anyone in this league, the support at home needs to improve the Amex should be rocking with great atmosphere, same starting eleven for me!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 11

8:46am Fri 22 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Eddy B wrote:
sounding good, let's play name my team-
Stockdale
Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen
Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt
Teixeira CMS

subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton

although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt
Thumbs down for naming his starting eleven, very harsh guys!!
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: sounding good, let's play name my team- Stockdale Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt Teixeira CMS subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt[/p][/quote]Thumbs down for naming his starting eleven, very harsh guys!! JeffLomer
  • Score: -4

8:56am Fri 22 Aug 14

pte says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Eddy B wrote:
sounding good, let's play name my team-
Stockdale
Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen
Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt
Teixeira CMS

subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton

although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt
Thumbs down for naming his starting eleven, very harsh guys!!
well we don't want to give the opposition any clues about the team we're gonna play. He should post the team sheet at the last minute- thats what most managers do
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: sounding good, let's play name my team- Stockdale Bruno, Dunk,Greer, Chicksen Holla Crofts Agustein McCourt Teixeira CMS subs Bennett Ince Toko OGrady Bennet Calderon Walton although I reckon Sami will probably have JFC and Calderon in there ahead of Agustein and McCourt[/p][/quote]Thumbs down for naming his starting eleven, very harsh guys!![/p][/quote]well we don't want to give the opposition any clues about the team we're gonna play. He should post the team sheet at the last minute- thats what most managers do pte
  • Score: 2

9:00am Fri 22 Aug 14

bhapilar says...

Really looking forward to saturday's game against bolton. We look to have a basis of a good solid team and with the addition of a couple more we could start to make an impact in this league.
Teixeira looks to be a really exciting player and both he, KLL and hopefully CMS, could pose real problems for defenders.
However, lets not let the 1st half display on tuesday night go to our heads. As good as it was, there will not be that many teams who will allow as much freedom or time on the ball ans as the second half showed, for the most part games will be a real battle.
This is when you need the game changers who can score from what are
nothing situations, players who can create chances with incisive passes.
I am looking forward to seeing how The team develope over the next few weeks as they begin to form an understanding together.
Really looking forward to saturday's game against bolton. We look to have a basis of a good solid team and with the addition of a couple more we could start to make an impact in this league. Teixeira looks to be a really exciting player and both he, KLL and hopefully CMS, could pose real problems for defenders. However, lets not let the 1st half display on tuesday night go to our heads. As good as it was, there will not be that many teams who will allow as much freedom or time on the ball ans as the second half showed, for the most part games will be a real battle. This is when you need the game changers who can score from what are nothing situations, players who can create chances with incisive passes. I am looking forward to seeing how The team develope over the next few weeks as they begin to form an understanding together. bhapilar
  • Score: 8

9:25am Fri 22 Aug 14

Believe the Hyypia says...

First game for me back at the Amex tomorrow. Goosebumps driving past this morning! Seagulls...
First game for me back at the Amex tomorrow. Goosebumps driving past this morning! Seagulls... Believe the Hyypia
  • Score: 6

9:35am Fri 22 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

We need to beat these poor teams before we play the big boys, so a win against Bolton is absolutely vital. Huddersfield started badly but got rid of their manager and won so we can't rely on other teams being poor for very long. The trouble is that just 3 games in we've already managed to lose to 2 of the weak clubs. When you invest so little in new players there's only so much you can do however much Bloom thinks that relying on a bunch of has-beens, wannabees and never-will-be's is acceptable to the paying public.
We need to beat these poor teams before we play the big boys, so a win against Bolton is absolutely vital. Huddersfield started badly but got rid of their manager and won so we can't rely on other teams being poor for very long. The trouble is that just 3 games in we've already managed to lose to 2 of the weak clubs. When you invest so little in new players there's only so much you can do however much Bloom thinks that relying on a bunch of has-beens, wannabees and never-will-be's is acceptable to the paying public. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -20

11:02am Fri 22 Aug 14

Aldrington Halt says...

I love Sami's rhetoric here, he's inspiring, positive and obviously talented and respected in the game. If anyone can lick our lot into shape it's him! A great choice for manager. So far, so good IMHO. If the suits have got it right by way of his appointment then this patience we are enduring for new players (possibly taking longer by having to absorb Sami's target choices) could well end us up with an inspirational setup. Can't help but feel exited by our prospects this season..Up the Albion!!!
I love Sami's rhetoric here, he's inspiring, positive and obviously talented and respected in the game. If anyone can lick our lot into shape it's him! A great choice for manager. So far, so good IMHO. If the suits have got it right by way of his appointment then this patience we are enduring for new players (possibly taking longer by having to absorb Sami's target choices) could well end us up with an inspirational setup. Can't help but feel exited by our prospects this season..Up the Albion!!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 10

11:11am Fri 22 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

There's a number of clubs interested in taking Jordan Ibe from Liverpool, wonder if we're one of them. Could be a great replacement for Buckley.
There's a number of clubs interested in taking Jordan Ibe from Liverpool, wonder if we're one of them. Could be a great replacement for Buckley. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 3

11:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

brightonup says...

Hugothepug wrote:
My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!!

Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!!
Several of us shared your faith; some of us did not!
Particularly galling were the apocalyptic prophecies about the club's future - including reference to Bloom selling up. Dispiriting and irritating.... it made me angry!
[quote][p][bold]Hugothepug[/bold] wrote: My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!! Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!![/p][/quote]Several of us shared your faith; some of us did not! Particularly galling were the apocalyptic prophecies about the club's future - including reference to Bloom selling up. Dispiriting and irritating.... it made me angry! brightonup
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Mancgulled says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/28883426 -- dunno if anyone listened to this - Cotterill insinuating that someone else is more interested in Baldock -- Albion better get their skates on if they're serious!
http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/28883426 -- dunno if anyone listened to this - Cotterill insinuating that someone else is more interested in Baldock -- Albion better get their skates on if they're serious! Mancgulled
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

brightonup wrote:
Hugothepug wrote:
My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!!

Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!!
Several of us shared your faith; some of us did not!
Particularly galling were the apocalyptic prophecies about the club's future - including reference to Bloom selling up. Dispiriting and irritating.... it made me angry!
On a slightly tangential note, it's interesting that the slating of David Burke has abated somewhat since the Leeds game, in the same way it was interesting that when he became the focus of hate everyone forgot how much they thought Nathan Jones was the devil incarnate. You never hear a word against him now...
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hugothepug[/bold] wrote: My faith has never wavered. Bloom said we would be sorted come transfer deadline day and I have hung on his words. Ideally we would have had it all sorted prior to the season but obviously outgoings needed sorting before getting others in. It's the beginning of another era and a distinct move from the poyet regime. Exciting times I think!! Let's get Gudetti in and watch us fly!![/p][/quote]Several of us shared your faith; some of us did not! Particularly galling were the apocalyptic prophecies about the club's future - including reference to Bloom selling up. Dispiriting and irritating.... it made me angry![/p][/quote]On a slightly tangential note, it's interesting that the slating of David Burke has abated somewhat since the Leeds game, in the same way it was interesting that when he became the focus of hate everyone forgot how much they thought Nathan Jones was the devil incarnate. You never hear a word against him now... Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3
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