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Potter happy to be making tough decisions

Graham Potter says having to make difficult team selection choices from his competitive group of players is something he’s happy to do.

By Alex Stedman • 23 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter.

Albion host Southampton at the Amex on Saturday afternoon, as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign, and the boss spoke about the options he has at his disposal ahead of the clash with the Saints.

He said, “Having options to choose from and selecting the team is always part of the challenge.

“You wouldn’t want it any other way, that’s my job. I have to try and pick the right 11, some are unlucky not to play but they’ve been really professional, so long may that continue.

“Leandro [Trossard] was a little unlucky not to start against Watford, but by the same token Jurgen [Locadia] was probably unlucky not to start against West Ham.

“That’s the slight choices we have, both have done really well – it was nice for Leo to get his goal after a few setbacks in the match too and you could see his quality within the game.”

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Graham Potter's Southampton press conference

Potter actually made eight Premier league appearances for this weekend’s opposition back in the 1996/97 season, and he looked back on his time along the south coast fondly.

“I had a good time there at a really good club with good people,” he continued.

“I was there quite briefly but it’s a nice part of the world and the moment which stands out is obviously the 6-3 win over Manchester United which I played a part in as a substitute.

“The Dell and Matt Le Tissier were obviously well known, it was a good group of lads at the start of the Premier League era, so it was a great experience for me.

“It’s a club who have made good progress and it’s nice to see them as an established Premier League club who’ll provide stiff competition.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Head coach Graham Potter.

The head coach was also keen to emphasise the tough nature of the contest against Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men this weekend, citing their recent contest against Liverpool at St Mary’s as an indication of the ability they possess.

“No game is won on paper; every game is tough but that’s why we love the Premier League so much. 

“I think the match this weekend will be our toughest one so far, I’ve been really impressed with Southampton and the way they try to play football.

“We have to approach it with humility and try to do our best. If you look at their performance against Liverpool, I thought they were unlucky not to take anything from that game.

“We’re at a stage where every game is a fight to take points, we don’t think too much about what is predicted to happen, it’s another game we have to focus on, as we try to win against good opposition.”

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