Tuesday, 19th August, 2014

Leeds United boss David Hockaday has warned his side they may have to endure long spells without possession against Brighton this evening.

Sami Hyypia takes his Brighton side to Leeds to lock horns with Hockaday's men in an eagerly awaited Championship clash tonight, with the Seagulls having lost both their league fixtures so far.

Leeds lost their Championship opener away at Millwall, but recovered to beat Middlesbrough at Elland Road at the weekend.

Hockaday rates Brighton highly and feels his side may well have to make do without the ball for large parts of the game tonight, something which will test their patience.

"Brighton are very, very awkward opponents, they like to get the ball down and pass, they'll flood the midfield, they'll be patient and they'll have lots of touches of the ball, and they might have lots of possession", Hockaday told a press conference.

"So we need to be patient without the ball. We need to recognise when we can go and get the ball. And then we need to recognise again 'can we go forward or do we need to be patient when we have the ball'?

"They'll be difficult, they're smarting from two defeats, two narrow defeats, so they'll want to come here and get points on the board."

But Hockaday insists he has full belief in each and every one of his players.

"I believe in my players. They are putting in a shift and working incredibly hard. If they work as hard as they did against Middlesbrough and Accrington, and Millwall to a degree, then it's going to take a good team to beat us."

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