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Potter: No ceiling for our development

Graham Potter says he hasn’t put a limit on how far his Albion side can go and what they can achieve this season.

By Alex Stedman • 16 December 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion head coach Graham Potter.

The Seagulls head to Selhurst Park tonight looking to build on a win away to Arsenal and a draw at home to Wolves last weekend, and the boss emphasised the importance of taking the season as it comes and not setting limits. 

He said, “We’re 16 games in and we want to keep getting better, I still think this group has a lot more to offer. 

“We’ll be looking to keep improving, the exciting thing about football and coaching is that you should never put a ceiling on either an individual or a team. I just know there’s more to come – how much that is we shall see, but we're definitely able to achieve more.

“I kept an open mind about what we could do, and I didn’t make any predictions. It’s about assessing things every day and looking at what you can do to progress. I don’t think that by a certain point we’ll be at a particular level or anything like that.”

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The head coach arrived at the club back in May and has since made noticeable changes to the way the side goes about their game on the field. Potter spoke about the process involved, as well as being able to execute those tactics in England’s top-flight. 

“I always knew that it was going to be a challenge to change the style of play, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. It’s not about saying that what we’re doing at the moment is better than what went before,” he continued.

“You can say everything about styles and play, but if you don’t get points, then you’re in trouble because the Premier League is fiercely competitive. 

“We have to get results and you know that’s the challenge, but it’s nice to know the players are enjoying their football.”

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Tonight’s televised clash is a fixture that everyone on both sides is looks forward to, and the boss discussed the importance of managing the occasion ahead of this evening’s contest. 

“It will be a passionate game, we’ve done okay with our disciplinary record, but I think with the speed of the game at this level, there will always be mistimed challenges. 

“We want to try and limit the unnecessary ones, as you can always improve that. You have to play with all of the emotion and passion that a derby game brings, but at the same time, you cannot not lose your head.

“You have to think clearly and make the right decisions. It’s a rivalry that means a lot to everyone here, and you can sense that. The players are focused on the match, and we’ve got some like Lewis [Dunk] who know what it means, as he’s come through the system, and I know we’ll all be up for the challenge.”

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