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Potter pleased with proactive approach

Graham Potter has been satisfied with the ‘proactive’ performances he’s seen from his side so far this season.

By Alex Stedman • 24 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter.

The Seagulls notched up an impressive 3-0 win away to Watford on the opening day and played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with West Ham United at the Amex last weekend, facing Southampton today on home soil in their third match of the campaign.

He said, “I thought we played with courage last weekend, and when I said that I meant in terms of when we didn’t have the ball.

“I thought we tried to be proactive and win it back against a team who have real quality and the ability to play through you. 

“In and out of possession we showed bravery, with the ball you always have to take responsibility and I thought my players did that and tried what we asked of them.”

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The boss also spoke about the relationship between the two central midfielders he’s deployed so far in Davy Propper and Dale Stephens, praising the way the pair complement one another on the field.

“Davy has that natural instinct which means he can go forward, and he can see the space and forward pass,” he continued.

“Dale also enjoys going to try and press the ball as well, it’s about when and where to do that, which is the challenge.

“But between the two of them they have a really good understanding and there’s healthy competition in that area. 

“We have good options and it’s important that the group keeps developing their play and understanding.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens.

 Potter also reserved praise for forward Glenn Murray, the side’s top goalscorer last term, emphasising the big part he believes the striker has to play across the season.

“Glenn can play as many games as he likes, his fitness is no problem at all.

“He’s helped us a lot this season already, I wouldn’t put a number on anything and there are a lot of factors to consider. 

“He’s a really important player for the team, a great guy to work with and we know he’ll continue to help us.”

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