Potter encouraged despite late leveller

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Albion head coach Graham Potter was honest about his disappointment following Burnley’s late equaliser at the Amex, but chose to draw attention to his team’s promising display that almost secured a first home win of the season.

By Kieran Cleeves • 14 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter

Neal Maupay’s second goal of the campaign put Albion in front against the Clarets, but Jeff Hendrick’s long-range effort levelled the contest in the first minute of stoppage time to momentarily silence the Amex.

Potter said, “Apart from the first 25 minutes, when Burnley were the better team, we were the team most likely [to win the game]. So of course it’s a sore one conceding so late.

“It was a good bit of play from them in fairness, but they scored from their only shot on target — sometimes that happens.


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Potter's Burnley verdict

“We put so much into the game. We’re disappointed to come away with only one point, but in terms of the overall performance, again, it was very promising.”

Albion were unable to build on Maupay’s 51st-minute opener and were made to pay the price. Potter continued to reflect on his team’s second draw of the season, which no doubt felt like a defeat for many leaving the Amex.

“Burnley aren't easy to play against, and that’s a credit to them, they do what they do well,” he continued.

“In the Premier League there’s always quality on the pitch that can hurt you, so you have to score that second goal.

By Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross brings the ball forward.

“With their defence so deep, it can be hard to create chances against them, but I thought we did that.

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up to the opposition, but over the course of the game, I thought we more than matched what they did and had our own opportunities.”