POCH METH­ODS A CHAL­LENGE FOR ERIK­SEN

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CHRISTIAN ERIK­SEN ad­mits his Tot­ten­ham team-mates are still com­ing to grips with Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s new regime.

Spurs slumped to 11th in the Premier League after Sun­day’s home de­feat to New­cas­tle – and mid­fielder Erik­sen reck­ons it will take time be­fore they im­prove.

“The play­ers are try­ing to adapt to Mauri­cio’s new style of play and we won’t know ev­ery­thing straight away,” said the Den­mark in­ter­na­tional.

“It is still a work in progress, but hope­fully we won’t take too long to get it right. We have had some good re­sults and some dis­ap­point­ing de­feats, although it is easy to for­get that we are still work­ing with a new man­ager.

“You can al­ready see that we are start­ing to play the way he wants us to.

Up­set

“And the more we work to­gether, the bet­ter the re­sults will be.”

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has urged his play­ers to show no fear when they head to White Hart Lane.

The Cham­pi­onship side know they face a mas­sive test if they are to have any chance of springing an up­set.

But un­der-pres­sure Hyypia has re­fused to write off his side’s chances and be­lieves they can stand toe to toe with Po­chet­tino’s men.

The Finn said: “I don’t fear any game. Any­thing can hap­pen. The score can be any­thing.

“We can go there and win, we can go there and lose. It’s very im­por­tant that we con­cen­trate on how we play there and how we present our­selves.

“We need to have the courage, we don’t have to fear them.

“Tot­ten­ham have good in­di­vid­u­als and they can re­ally hurt you if they are on top of their game – but we don’t have to fear them.”

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