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Potter: I'm so proud of the players

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Head coach full of praise despite narrow defeat to Manchester City.

By Alex Stedman • 13 January 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter was proud of his players' efforts.

Graham Potter was pleased with how his side battled toe-to-toe with Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday night.

Phil Foden's first half goal was the difference between the two sides in the north west, but the boss hailed the attitude and character Albion showed throughout against Pep Guardiola's men.

He said, “The performance and effort were there and I'm so proud of the players.

“We struggled to create too many chances in the first half but in the second half I thought we improved and did that well.

“We were more aggressive after the break - we tried to play and also defended for our lives which you sometimes have to when you come away to the top sides.

“Results are hard to come by in this league and we have to make sure we keep performing with a spirit and a togetherness which I thought we did this evening.

“In the end it was a good performance and I'm very happy with my players. Our season won’t be defined by matches like this but there was plenty of things that give me encouragement going forward.”

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“He's taken everything in his stride well and he’s enjoying his football.

“He wants to play and improve and that’s good for all of us, we'll keep trying to help him do that.”

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