Potter rues ‘missed opportunity’ as he admits what Brighton must change

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 3:19 - Samuel Bannister

Graham Potter admitted that Brighton were disappointed to only get a point against Sheffield United as he was left questioning their home form.

Brighton have not won a home game in the Premier League since June, when they beat Arsenal. That was their first home win of 2020 and remains their only.

They have claimed draws against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool at the Amex Stadium since then, but Potter would surely prefer if his side could turn some draws against smaller teams into wins.

Sheffield United are one of the teams Brighton would have been hoping to beat. However, they had to come from behind against 10 men to equalise late on.

After the game, Potter admitted something has to change at the Amex, even if he is pleased with their performances.

“Every time we have a home game and don’t win it’s a missed opportunity,” he said. “Just because we’re at home, it doesn’t mean we’re going to win.

“But we want to turn it around as soon as possible. We’re disappointed with our home form and we want to change it.

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“We’re disappointed with just the one point, but at the same time we played really well for the first 30 minutes. That’s evident by the tactical change that they made, we were really dominant and we had a good opportunity.

“The last 15 minutes was a bit more even. The red card makes a bit more scrappy – we pushed and pushed second half, but we got caught on the break for the sucker punch which we need to learn from and do better.

“Then it’s about character and effort and we showed that in abundance. We pushed and pushed and I am glad that we got the goal and we had opportunities to the second, but that’s how it is.

“Sheffield United defended well, they make it hard for you. In the end it’s a point so we’re disappointed, but we have to move forward.”

Potter rues missed chances

Brighton dominated possession and shots, but were unable to make their chances count. Potter knows that was always going to be costly against a Sheffield United side that showed resilience.

“We had one headed onto the bar, a miss from inside the six-yard box, a few other shots,” he added. “It’s not easy to create clear-cut chances against Sheffield United.

“We did enough to score a couple, but we didn’t.

“We huffed and puffed and got caught around the edge a bit too much, but they defended with so many bodies and there wasn’t much space to play in.

“Credit to the players as they showed courage to keep going with the ball and to keep doing the right things and they got their reward.”

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