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Potter: Players desperate to take their chance in cup

Head coach looks forward to Thursday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Portsmouth.

By Alex Stedman • 17 September 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Head coach Graham Potter gives out instructions in training ahead of Thursday night's Carabao Cup match.

Graham Potter says that tonight’s game with Portsmouth at the Amex is the perfect opportunity for players to 'remind us of what they can do'.

The head coach has said there will be changes to the team which faced Chelsea on Monday but it will still be a strong side that faces League One Pompey.

He said, “We see it as an opportunity – a chance for us to develop as a group.

“We want to develop our idea, develop our team, and develop some positivity, because I think we have still got some of that from the other night and we want to carry that forward.

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Potter's Pompey press conference

“We have a lot of players who are desperate to play and keen to remind us of what they can do.”

It’s a busy time for Albion, who travel to Newcastle United in the Premier League and could be back in Carabao Cup action again next week should they progress tonight.  

“It is not a Premier League game and that brings certain other challenges,” added Potter. “But we want to try to focus on every game like it is the same. We want to try to be organised, we want to be balanced, we want to win.

“We want to try to play well, we want to try to improve. In the long term, that is how you change the mentality - by playing well in games like this and trying to win.”

The head coach revealed that a number of the club’s under-23s who have been training with the first-team squad will be involved.

By Paul Hazlewood
Gyokeres spent last season on loan at St Pauli, where he netted seven goals.

“Haydon Roberts has been training with us since lockdown so he will be involved. Alex Cochrane, Romaric Yapi and Peter Gwargis will be in the group as well.

“Viktor Gyokeres will also feature. He's been training with us and you can see his attributes and what he brings, so it will be nice to see him in a match situation.”

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