MILLWALL and Brighton may be struggling together at the the wrong end of the table but Ian Holloway believes the two clubs face different challenges this season.
Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia is rumoured to be on the brink of the sack and could lose his job if the Lions win on the south coast tonight.
Brighton have reached the Championship play-offs in the past two years so their slide down the league has come as a surprise to many.
Holloway's task is to get Millwall higher up the division after narrowly escaping relegation in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
"Brighton got a different challenge to us because they have been in the play-offs and were unsuccessful in those and now where they find themselves is very shocking," said Holloway.
"That euphoria that they had, which came from the marvellous new stadium and the squad they were building, carries a weight of expectation.
"It's been hard for them to follow through.
"But they've just been able to attract Darren Bent, who lots of clubs would want, so they've still got fantastic ambitions. It's a frustrating time for them.
"Nottingham Forest will feel the same because they have been in the play-offs lots of times and haven't gone up. You can become a 'nearly' club.
"I really don't know why they're down there but they've had a couple of different managers and sometimes change can be destabilising.
"Clubs want to have the same blueprint and that's what Swansea have done brilliantly.
"Small, subtle changes can be very difficult for players. But I haven't really been looking at Brighton, I've got enough problems to solve of my own."
Hyypia's future at Brighton was debated at a board meeting this week – and defeat tonight could see his short spell at the helm cut short.
"That's football and we're all very aware of [the sack]," added Holloway. "Ask Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew how quickly things can change.
"You've got to believe that can happen because it only takes one good result to lift things. Brighton have got to deal with where they are.
"We haven't had that expectation and we've all got different challenges."