Potter praises Albion's application and desire

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Head coach delighted with third win in a row.

By Alex Stedman • 23 September 2020

By Simon Davies
Albion boss Graham Potter said he 'knew it was going to be tough' against Preston.

Albion boss Graham Potter was full of praise for his side after they eased into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Goals in the second half from Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alexis Mac Allister set up a tie with Manchester United at the Amex in round four next week and Albion’s first ever win at Deepdale. 

You must be absolutely delighted with how well we played?

“We wanted to go through, and I’m just really pleased with the players and the application they showed.

“We were up against a good side and we had to earn the result. The lads fought and dug in then showed their quality as the game went on.

“We knew it was going to be tough, Alex Neill’s teams are always competitive and strong, but we fought well in the end.”

You made 11 changes, but particularly in the second half the team kept the ball really well?

“We made a little adjustment at half time to drop Pascal Gross a little bit deeper to get him on the ball more.

“That probably gave us a little bit more control in the game and the goal obviously helps as well at the moment in the game, it’s a great strike from Alireza.

“It’s not easy to come away from home and make so many changes, but we kept the continuity of what we were trying to do, and we did that really well.”

We face Manchester United twice in quick succession now?

“It’s a big week for us with those two matches and then Everton before the international break.

“That’s what we wanted because we wanted to go through in this competition.

“Players always want to play and the best thing for them is to be out on the field on nights like tonight to keep everyone in the group ready for when they’re needed.

“You saw that today – there was a willingness to run and fight for the team and get the result and that’s why I’m very happy.”