Potter praises Brighton’s ‘dominance’ against Crystal Palace despite failing to win


Brighton manager Graham Potter praised his side’s “fantastic” performance in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Albion missed many opportunities – including a first-half penalty – against their rivals on Friday night.

Conor Gallagher opened the scoring for Patrick Vieira’s men against the flow of play before Joachim Andersen scored an own goal to salvage a point for the Seagulls.

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Friday’s draw means Brighton are unbeaten in five in all competitions, with their last loss to Wolves on December 15.

Potter insists that he was proud of his team despite failing to get all three points against Palace.

hey said Sky Sports: “Pride. I think we were fantastic, especially in the first half. You can’t get much more dominant than that.

“Overall the performance and character of the team to recover from the setback of missing a penalty and conceding the comeback, really nice.

“It’s football and all you can do is focus on the quality of our performance, which was very, very nice. In general, in the game, I thought we were the best team.

“I can’t be more than pleased with the way we did our job tonight.”

Pascal Gross’ missed penalty in the first half was awarded after referee Rob Jones saw the pitch monitor after being consulted by VAR, fouling Palace midfielder Will Hughes.

From the resulting corner, Neal Maupay thought he had opened the scoring, but Jones used the monitor again to overturn his original decision, fouling the French striker for a tackle on goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Potter insists that both decisions were changed correctly, despite having his side cut off a goal.

“I think VAR got almost everything right,” he added. “I can see why it was scored and why the penalty was given. Yes well done”.

He also believes it was a point gained and a point lost, continuing: “Both. At the end of the game you have to take what you have. What we have to push forward is the level of performance. If we maintain that performance, we will gain more than we lose.”


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