Don Cowie warns Cardiff City of stylish Brighton

Don Cowie
Midfielder Don Cowie was a free summer signing from Mackay's old club Watford

Don Cowie believes Brighton and Hove Albion are the 'Swansea City of this season' as Cardiff City prepare to welcome the Championship new boys.

The stylish Swans earned universal acclaim last season as Brendan Rodgers' men achieved Premier League promotion.

And Cowie has warned that Brighton, who like Cardiff also boast a 100% start, are a formidable footballing side.

"They pass the ball very well, a bit like Swansea did in the Championship last season," said Cowie.

The Bluebirds will create history if they beat Brighton on Wednesday by claiming three opening league victories for the first time in their 91-year history.

Newly-promoted Brighton have also won their first two Championship games, beating Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers.

Cowie is wary of the "winning mentality" of Gus Poyet's side, but the Seagulls have not won in Cardiff since 1984.

"They are very expansive and play the ball wide," said the 28-year-old midfielder.

"Their full-backs push on and they play really good football. I was taken aback by it.

"Both teams will go into the game full of confidence and with six points so something has to give.

"I thought they were a right good side, they won their league very comfortably and have taken that into this season."

Summer signing Cowie and new Cardiff boss Malky Mackay know Brighton's dangers well as they were both at Watford last season when Albion defeated the Hornets 1-0 in an FA Cup fifth-round clash.

Mackay added: "They have great momentum, have a new stadium and are very wealthy. It is a club that is certainly going places.

"They have hit the ground running this season and are able to invest in players.

"They've outbid teams for Craig Mackail-Smith so that makes it a tougher and more competitive league."

Cardiff followed their surprise opening-day win at West Ham United with a comfortable home victory against Bristol City but, as Cowie acknowledges, the season "is only two games old".

"It has been a great start," Cowie said. "But that is all it is. We'll take confidence and belief.

"Expectation has risen and that is something we need to manage but we'd rather be here than at the bottom."