Brighton and Hove Albion winger Jiri Skalak admits he is having to adapt to the physicality of the Championship.

The Czech Republic international was snapped up from Mlada Boleslav in January, and is beginning to understand the demands of English football.

“I like it here but it has been very difficult for me.” the 24-year-old told The Argus

“The football is more of a fight here. The football is different. The stadia are very nice but the pitches aren’t as good as in the Czech Republic, like at Birmingham. But I’m learning all the time. I think next week better, next week better.”.

The Seagulls are aiming for promotion to the Premier League, after a blistering start to the season, but are now pushing to return to the automatic promotion places.

And while Skalak is yet to register a goal for the club, he chipped in with the assists at Birmingham during the week, setting up Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk for a 2-1 victory at St Andrew’s.

“I don’t think I’m playing at my maximum. I hope not! I know I can do more.” the winger added.

Brighton are currently third in the Championship, two points off league leaders Burnley and a point behind Middlesbrough, who have a game in hand.

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