Potter delighted for dominant Albion

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Head coach reflects on second 3-0 win over Newcastle this season.

By Bruce Talbot • 20 March 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter felt his side 'thoroughly deserved to win' against Newcastle.

Graham Potter hailed a 'fantastic performance' by his side after they beat Newcastle 3-0 at the Amex to lift themselves six points above the Premier League's bottom three.

Goals either side of half-time from Leandro Trossard and Danny Welbeck put Albion in control and top scorer Neal Maupay added a third midway through the second half.

Potter said, “I’m really pleased, I thought the performance was fantastic. From the start we were brave, smart, worked hard and then reacted when we lost the ball.

“Newcastle hit the post early in the second half and like every Premier League game you have to survive those moments but I thought we were the dominant team. We thoroughly deserved to win.

“I am really pleased for the guys. They have been working hard and when you score it makes the game a lot easier!”

Potter was thrilled with the quality of Albion's goals and says it is reward for the perseverance of the players involved.

“Leo has been a bit unlucky this season, but he's in a good moment and it was a fantastic finish and a great pass by Joel Veltman. He keeps going and in the end you get your reward.

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck's fine finish put Albion two goals in front.

“Danny is a really important player for us. He's got quality in his movement and his intelligent off the ball is excellent. It was a great finish which gave us a cushion and then Neal scored a really good third goal to round off a really hardworking performance.”

Albion are now six points above Fulham with a game in hand and four clear of Newcastle, whom they have beaten 3-0 twice this season.

“Before Southampton we had four games and were scratching our head as to why we only got one point. But the way we got them last week and tonight will give the players a lot of belief and it's a reward for their resilience, but we need to keep going.”