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Potter: We control our own fortunes

Graham Potter has stressed the importance of self-focused thinking this season following our fantastic 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday afternoon.

By Alex Stedman • 12 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter salutes the travelling fans at Vicarage Road on Saturday

The boss saw the side notch up an impressive opening day victory that has drawn plaudits a plenty, and he emphasised the need for the team to remain centred on themselves after the game against Javi Gracia’s men. 

He said, “It’s not our business to worry about what people on the outside say or predict when you talk about how we’ll do this season.

 “That’s part of the industry and we have to just focus on our own work and the players have certainly done that since I’ve been here.

“Their attitude has been fantastic, and you get your rewards, I’ve said we weren’t perfect by any means, but we scored three goals and the side can take great credit for that.

“You can always get better, in every aspect. We’re at the start of what we’re trying to do, and I would expect that.”

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Potter: Dream start

Potter named a side that saw four summer arrivals on the bench for the curtain raiser against the Hornets, and he revealed the thinking behind some aspects of his team selection.

“We probably went for Pascal [Gross] instead of Leo [Trossard] because of his experience, but I think he could have felt unlucky not to have started,” he continued.

“The other three arrived this week and I don’t think it would have been fair for either them or the group as a whole if I had thrown them into this sort of testing environment so early on. 

“They’re here for the long-term and so the key is always to use them at the right time.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya in action against Watford.

The Seagulls produced a superb team performance to kickstart their new campaign in style, where Spanish defender Martin Montoya was one of many to earn praise. 

“Martin has all of the qualities and attributes to be a really good attacking full-back.

 “He’s brave and can defend when he needs to, whilst having something going forward.

 “He’s worked really well so far and it’s about seeing how we can continue to get the best out of him.”

We're next in action on home soil next Saturday afternoon against West Ham United.

The contest with the Hammers will be the new head coach's first top flight game at the Amex, and tickets are on sale here at two spaces per fan number.

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