Potter explains where ‘suffering‘ Brighton misfired in tough loss
Posted On March 7, 2021
Brighton manager Graham Potter pointed to his side’s frequent cheap surrendering of possession as the key ingredient that led to their downfall versus Leicester.
Brighton once again found a way to emerge without points after an encouraging display yielded defeat versus Leicester.
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Adam Lallana gave the hosts an early lead, but their rearguard was breached after the hour mark after superb play between Youri Tielemans and Kelechi Iheanacho.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, an uncharacteristic error from Brighton stopper Robert Sanchez gifted Daniel Amartey the chance to hand his side all three points that he did not pass up.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Potter said: “We are suffering. I thought the performance deserved something from the game. In the first half we played well, in the second half not as well.
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“Over the course of the game I felt we just missed too many passes to get any sustained pressure and be really ourselves.
“You expect them to respond and push for an equaliser which is normal but whenever we got the ball we gave it away too cheaply and we were under more pressure.
“We had an opportunity in attack and turned it over and they score. We responded quite well but then it was a disappointment at the end to concede in the manner we did.
“I haven’t seen it back. He made a wonderful save in the first half and you can see his quality but if it is [Robert Sanchez’s] it is not the reason we lost.
“We are where we are in the league. We know we are in a fight, we know we have to perform and be at our best. You need a bit of luck and today we didn’t earn as much as we should have.”
“We all dropped off” – Lallana
Brighton goalscorer Adam Lallana also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “Second half we were poor. It almost felt like we’d won the game at half-time. If you drop your levels you get punished.
“There have been games we’ve felt hard done by but today doesn’t feel like that. We didn’t perform well enough in the second half.
“We’ve proven we can get results against big teams. We all dropped off a couple of percent. We were too passive and we got punished.
“It’s always nice to go one up at home. We had a couple more chances. But you can’t rest on your laurels.
“I don’t remember them creating too much. The poor keeper at the end just got caught under the ball but he’s been tremendous for us. He’ll learn and he’ll bounce back.”