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Head coach pleased with spirit and attitude of Albion despite defeat to Manchester United.

By Alex Stedman • 30 June 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion head coach Graham Potter on the touchline against Manchester United.

Graham Potter praised the character and application of his side despite the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at the Amex.

Mason Greenwood put United in front before a brace from Bruno Fernandes condemned the Seagulls to a first defeat in eight, although the boss was still satisfied with what he saw from his side on the night.

He said, “We played against a really good side this evening and they were the better team on the night. 

“But we stuck at it and our response in the second half, after their third goal, was really good. Perhaps we deserved a goal for that, but the better side took the three points. 

“I am really proud of how my team kept going in the game though and there are definitely positives to take into the weekend game [at Norwich] and beyond.” 

“We made some changes at the break to freshen things up and give us a new idea.

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Potter's Man United verdict

“I thought we started the second period well and then got undone on the counter-attack which ultimately decided the match. 

“Against a top side you know that the opposition will always be dangerous if the game opens up a bit and spaces begin to appear. It was a tough evening but one we’ll improve from.”

Albion take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday with the Seagulls aiming to complete a league double over the Canaries after a 2-0 win on at the Amex in November. 

“We still have work to do, but we don’t need reminding of that and we knew that was the situation before tonight,” Potter added. 

“It doesn’t change anything from our point of view, we go into the next game against Norwich ready to fight again.”

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