• Potter Focused on Long-Term Objective

    Brighton enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League season and managed to climb up to fourth place in the table after eight games of the campaign.

    A goalless stalemate with strugglers Norwich City was a setback, as well as a bit of a thumping at the hands of Man City, but while manager Graham Potter has not got too carried away with the highs, he won’t dwell too long on the lows either.

    Seagulls Overcome White Loss
    There will have been a few concerns over the summer about what life would be like after the departure of defender Ben White to Arsenal. Even though White only enjoyed one full season playing in the Seagulls’ first-team, the 24-year-old became a key figure for Brighton, who are 5/6 in the Premier League betting with Paddy Power to finish in the top 10 this term. White might well be looking back at his former employers with envy of their start to the season, while his current Arsenal side have only recently corrected their poor form in mid-table.

    The return to form of experienced centre-back Shane Duffy has been a massive boost for Potter so far this term. The Republic of Ireland international endured a tough loan spell at Celtic last season but has returned to the Amex Stadium rejuvenated and is now a mainstay back in the side. Just five goals conceded in the first eight league outings of the season saw the Seagulls make a marked improvement in defence. Being strong at the back saw Brighton lose just one of those first eight games, and helped them climb alongside the likes of Manchester City at the top end of the table.

    Potter Won’t Get Carried Away
    The draw at Carrow Road against a winless Norwich side will have come as a frustration to Potter but the manager is fully aware of the competitive nature of the Premier League. These results happen, and looking on the positive side the Seagulls boss will be content that his side picked up another point on the road. Despite all the hype and excitement about the team’s start to the season, Potter will know the focus is to get to 40 points and build from there.

    It had been a relatively kind start to the season for Brighton, with the Seagulls only facing one of the 'big six' (Arsenal) in their first eight games of the campaign. Undoubtedly, sterner tests will come – they already have in their not-unexpected loss to City – and leaner spells of picking up points might be around the corner. However, while Potter was not carried away with their start, nor will he panic if there is a sudden dip in results. Brighton have already shown signs of real progress this season and can look to build on that for the busy festive period to come over December and January.

    The loss of White did seem a step back, but with the summer additions and with another year’s experience in the top flight, Potter has plenty to be happy about in this early stage of the season.

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