March enjoying fluidity and flexibility

Solly March is relishing the possession-based style under Graham Potter so far this season, and believes the newfound flexibility in the side is already very evident.

By Alex Stedman • 23 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March takes on the Aston Villa defence at the weekend.

The midfielder returned to the fold as a second half substitute at Villa Park at the weekend after recovering from injury, and he spoke of the side’s chance creation as being a clear indication of the progress the Seagulls continue to make this term. 

He said, “We seem to have a way of always having options on the ball – whether that’s into midfield, out wide to the full-backs or even into whoever is playing in the number ten position. 

“It’s a nice way to play and good to be involved in. People have been saying it for a while now but once that final part of the jigsaw falls into place I have no doubt that we’ll win games on a regular basis. 

“People will concede a lot more possession to us this season, so it’s about us making the most of that dominance on the ball.

“It just takes a little bit of composure in those final situations, and I think everyone can see the changes that have been made this season, even those outside the club.”


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March entered the fray on Saturday on the left-hand side of the field, and ended the contest as a lone striker. Having also been used in-behind the forward last season, he spoke about how much he enjoys the adaptability that being deployed in different roles brings. 

“I’ve played in a number of positions and it’s something I’m used to, I’d say I’m happy with playing in most areas on the field,” he continued.

“I want to help out wherever I can – I think my last match before I got injured was against Burnley, and that was probably one of my best matches for a long time, so that’s the level I want to keep reaching.

“It was great to be involved again, I was out for about a month and it was really frustrating not to be able to help the team out and contribute. It was a really frustrating game, it was one we dominated for large spells, even with ten men.

“We seemed to get out of their press every time and even with ten men we still kept getting into their final third, it’s just about the final piece of the jigsaw in many ways once we get into those positions.”