Brighton: David Stockdale says squad back Hyypia as boss

David Stockdale
Stockdale has been an ever-present in the league since joining Brighton from Fulham this summer

Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale says the side remain united and fully behind manager Sami Hyypia despite a run of 10 league games without a win.

The Seagulls have drawn seven times and lost three games since beating Bolton at home on 23 August.

Stockdale, 29, told BBC Sussex: "We are doing everything we can to fight our way out. It's a team game and we stick together.

"We believe in the manager and what he does. I'm sure we'll come through it."

He added: "Sometimes, when your confidence is down, at any level, it's tough.

Brighton finished in the play-off places in the last two campaigns but have only won twice in the Championship this season under new boss Hyypia - who took charge in June.

Brighton's winless run
30 Aug: 2-2 v Charlton (H)30 Sep: 1-1 v Cardiff (H)
13 Sep: 2-3 v Brentford (A)4 Oct: 1-1 v Watford (A)
16 Sep: 0-2 v Ipswich (A)18 Oct: 1-2 v Middlesbrough (H)
20 Sep: 0-0 v Blackpool (H)21 Oct: 1-1 v Huddersfield (A)
27 Sep: 0-0 v Nottm Forest (A)25 Oct: 1-1 v Rotherham (H)

"Even though we are not losing, we are not picking up the points we should be," said Stockdale, who moved to the south coast from Fulham this summer.

"There are two or three out of the seven - at least - we could have turned into wins. It's not right."

Brighton have struggled for goals this season with only three clubs scoring fewer than the 13 which Albion have managed in their 14 league games.

The Seagulls were booed off following Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham and Stockdale is wary of their need to improve in front of goal.

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:
"Maybe we could have a few more players with a winning mentality. We need to work so that we get better or we need to find a few players to make the squad better, quality-wise."

"The fans want to see good football and we are trying to give them that," he said.

"We understand why they are booing us. We feel the frustration and it is hard because we want them to stick with us as they are a good set of fans.

"The club feels in a good place, confidence-wise. We know what we have got to do - score more and stop conceding soft goals."

After the draw against the Millers, former Liverpool defender Hyypia called for his side to take "collective responsibility" for their current run of form.

The Finn has also reiterated his desire to strengthen his squad.

"Maybe we could have a few more players with a winning mentality and then we could do a little bit better," the 41-year-old said.

"We are going through a very bad period, we need to work so that we get better or we need to find a few players to make the squad better, quality-wise."

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