Brighton v Rotherham United: Millers extend host’s winless run

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Brighton (20) v Rotherham United (14)

Defender Joe Bennett put the Seagulls ahead with his first goal for the club in first-half stoppage time, but former Albion striker Alex Revell pounced four minutes after the break to help Rotherham stretch their unbeaten run to five games.

Hyypia blamed “wrong decisions on the ball “ in the second half for his side’s continued struggle, and brushed off scrutiny over his future.

The Finn said: “We needed to defend well at the start of the second half but I felt we made wrong decisions on the ball. We lost the ball and didn’t create that many chances.

“We need to try and work hard to make the individuals better and we need to go to the transfer market to try and bring in a few players to add quality.

“We need to toughen up a bit, be mentally tougher and more mature to play the whole 90 minutes.”

The Seagulls have now drawn six of their last seven games and there was some booing at the end from the crowd of 24,370 at the Amex Stadium.

“The fans have the right to show their emotion,” added Hyypia. “We need to get the three points somehow, it’s very important.

“We need to roll up our sleeves and get the win one way or another. We can’t keep drawing or losing; we need to crack a win somehow.”

Hyypia admitted that he “couldn’t do his work properly” if he thought too much about outside pressure.

He said: “I can understand outside pressure but at the moment I’m not losing much sleep over it. It’s important I keep my concentration.”

Rotherham manager Steve Evans confessed that he was going home “frustrated” with the draw and felt in many ways that his side deserved more.

He said: “I’m pleased with the effort but at the same time frustrated. Brighton were better in the first 15 minutes but then we changed it.

“In the second half we pushed for a second goal but were denied by three or four wonderful saves by their keeper.”

Evans is delighted at the way the Millers have quickly settled after successive promotions, and is determined that they leave their mark on the Championship.

The Scot added: “Last year I watched a lot of Championship football and felt it was boring. I feel asleep in games. I would rather take the chance and try and win a match.

“Some of the football we showed was more like a Brighton team. Stepping up to the Championship has been tough as, had this game been in League One, we would have scored three times. It’s fine margins.

“We are trying to improve and embrace it. We’re a much better team 13 games in than we were in League One.

“The players have to prove they are Championship players. Some of the players are proving a point. We are seeking more consistency to push on to the top 10. That’s the aim for us.”

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