Potter: We need to keep fighting for points

Head coach looking forward to time on the training ground after a hectic schedule.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter speaks to the media.

Graham Potter is looking forward to having a full week to work with his players ahead of next Monday's game against Crystal Palace.

Saturday's 0-0 draw ended a hectic schedule of ten games in 34 days during which time Albion have gone a club record six unbeaten in the Premier League.

During that time Potter has regularly been without several players. Solly March is likely to be out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery, Adam Webster has missed the last two games with an ankle problem and three of his most experienced players, Adam Lallana, Davy Propper and Danny Welbeck, are returning after illness and injury with Welbeck back after missing nine games and Propper five for the Villa stalemate.

“We've had an intense period since mid-December, the lads have been flat out,” said Potter.

“We are coming out of the back end of that now and we will make the most of the time we have to recover and be ready for the Palace game.”

Potter is hopeful Webster might be fit for the Palace fixture after hurting his ankle against Burnley and says the idea was always to ease Lallana and Welbeck back gradually.

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck returned against Aston Villa in the 0-0 draw.

“On Saturday Danny was not ready for 90 minutes after six weeks off. Adam is a bit closer, but still not quite ready for 90. The plan was always for him to come in at the back of the game.

“Danny has been frustrated to miss a few games, because before the injury he contributed really well. Our job is to get him up to speed to play for longer because he’s going to be an important player for us going forward.

“He's got a lot of football left in him. He works hard and is a great character, and the challenge for us now is to be patient so he can get those minutes.”

Twelve points from those six games have given Albion a bit of daylight at the bottom of the table but there will be no complacency, according to the head coach.

“The challenge to maintain the current level of performance between now and the end of the season.

"Performances have improved, we've been consistent and we have taken a couple of steps forward.

“There is a good togetherness and belief and we’re enjoying our football, but we need to keep fighting for points.”