Potter accepts Albion blame

23 February 2021 23:41:54 GMTPlus11

Head coach Graham Potter says he takes responsibility for Brighton's failure to take their chances in their 2-1 defeat to rivals Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Seagulls were the dominant side throughout the clash, but ended up on the losing side when Christian Benteke struck in stoppage time for the Eagles at the Amex.

We have to help the team create better chances, more chances.

Graham Potter

Jean-Philippe Mateta had earlier put the visitors ahead with a delightful back-heel finish, before Joel Veltman deservedly brought Potter's side level in the second half.

Brighton wasted several great opportunities to win the game and registered 25 attempts at goal but were undone late on by Benteke's goal.

Neal Maupay started up front and was supported by Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister behind, while Potter brought on Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana and Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the pursuit of goals after the break.

Following the harsh defeat, Potter said he takes his share of the blame, while his forwards must continue to work hard on their finishing and his side must maintain and improve their creativity in order to turn territorial advantage and possession into goals.

He said: "We have to help the team create better chances, more chances. I think it is firstly my responsibility and then it is collectively trying to find solutions.

"That's the nature of the league, how punishing it is, we have done a lot, but clearly not enough. Whoever it had come against it would be painful because we were dominant in the game.

"The boys were doing everything to score, it felt like it was always in their penalty box, never mind their half.

"The defeat leaves Brighton 16th in the table, just four points above Fulham in 18th and Albion are 8.00 to be relegated and 1.083 to beat the drop.

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