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Potter: We need to control our own destiny

Albion won't take anything for granted as they look to take another step towards Premier League safety against Southampton on Thursday.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 July 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter watching training ahead of Liverpool fixture.

Graham Potter insists that Albion need to help themselves get the points required to secure Premier League safety.

After defeats against the top two Liverpool and Manchester City, the Seagulls head to St Mary’s on Thursday to face a Southampton side who beat City 1-0 in their last home game.

Five points and four teams separate 15th-placed Albion from the bottom three with three games to go and Potter wants his players to remain in control of their own destiny.

He said, “We can’t take anything for granted. No one around us is going to throw the towel in, we will have to fight for every point.

“We celebrated the win over Norwich because it was a big one for us, but we also knew that we had two very tough games coming up.

"Every team at the bottom will give everything until it is out of their hands. We’re in the fight and we have to keep pushing.”

It won’t be easy against a Southampton side whom Potter thinks have been among the best in the league since its resumption.

On Monday they scored an injury-time equaliser at Old Trafford to draw 2-2 with Manchester United, although Albion have drawn their two previous Premier League visits to St Mary’s.

It’s been an impressive turnaround by Saints and coach Ralph Hasenhuttl after they lost 9-0 at home to Leicester City in October.

Since then they have steadily climbed the table since and occupy a comfortable mid-table position. In 19-goal Danny Ings they carry a real threat up front.

“They have done really well in the last few games since lockdown,” said Potter. “They could have made a change in coach after a really damaging result earlier in the season, but Ralph and his players used it to improve.

“They have been one of the teams of the season in terms of recovering from that setback and I have a lot of respect for him and huge admiration for the job he has done there.

They are a good team with a strong understanding. We need to be balanced between defence and attack and play well.”

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Potter's Saints press conference

Albion are unbeaten in their last five on the road with four draws and a win. And although his side were beaten by the top two since defeating Norwich at Carrow Road.

Potter says some perspective is needed in assessing their form since the resumption.

“You can zoom in on the recent games and look at the tough evenings we’ve had against three of the best teams in Europe or you can say that in three of our six games we have picked up seven points,” he said.

“We suffered in the second half against Manchester City, but there needs to be some perspective. We’re not at their level or Liverpool or Manchester United and there is no disgrace in saying that.

“We have dusted ourselves down since Saturday and thought about a lot of the good things we’ve done since we re-started. But we cannot rely on other teams to get results. We have to keep going to the end – that’s what the Premier League demands.”

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