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My players have to show their adaptability, says Potter

Graham Potter has stressed how important it is that his squad react to the challenge presented by their different Premier League opponents.

By Bruce Talbot • 24 February 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion boss Graham Potter issues instructions to his side on Saturday.

The head coach was pleased with his team’s resilience at Bramall Lane on Saturday where it finished 1-1 against Sheffield United – Albion’s fourth draw in the last five.

Next up is Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace where the onus will be on Albion as the home side.

Potter said: “Do the coaching team get some satisfaction that the game plan worked on Saturday? Yes, but I think I have had a decent coaching career so far and you don’t have that by doing the same thing all the time. You have to adapt, and so do the players.

“If we’d come to Sheffield United with ten more points our plan might have been different. It will be different against Palace, that is the beauty of the Premier League – every challenge is different.

“In terms of Sheffield United, we had to respect the opposition, the environment and how they play and work out the best ways to give ourselves a chance.

“From a purist’s perspective, I thought we played better against Sheffield United at home but lost 1-0 so this was a good point for us.

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“This is a team that against Watford overcame difficult circumstances at home when we weren’t playing so well to stick at it and get a point.

“In the game before at West Ham we were 2-0 and 3-1 down and still battled back. The guys are undoubtedly resilient, what we have to find is the balance between that and the better football which I know we can play. If we do that, we will become a good team.”

The head coach also explained why he left Alexis Mac Allister out of the match-day squad on Saturday.

He added, “I didn’t think the introduction of Alexis in that type of game would be a fair thing to do in his first game in English football. He and Steven Alzate and Tariq Lamptey will have their moments, we will need everybody.

“I have been absolutely delighted with what Alexis has shown in the first week he’s been here, but we’ve got a lot of good footballers who think they can play. We have to find the right time for him, but he is going to be a really good addition for us. Everyone has to be ready to play.”

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