Potter: Our youngsters were amazing

Head coach reflects on Carabao Cup success against Cardiff City.

By Bruce Talbot • 24 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter was over the moon with his team's showing at Cardiff.

Graham Potter hailed a special performance by his young side after Albion knocked Cardiff City out of the Carabao Cup.

Goals from Jakub Moder and Andi Zeqiri sealed a 2-0 win over the Championship side at the Cardiff City Stadium and a place in Wednesday night's third round draw.

Potter said, “The guys were amazing. There were a lot of young players on the pitch and they acquitted themselves well against a tough team. We could have extended our lead and while it’s 2-0 the game was still alive with the way Cardiff play as they put you under pressure all the time. We had two lads at centre-back who are 18 and 19 so it was an amazing experience for them.

“We tried to play our game, our reaction when we lost the ball was really good and all over the pitch we were fantastic and brave. They were good team goals, and overall I thought we attacked well.

“We tried to give them a structure to at least showcase what they could do. If we had gone for a physical battle we would probably have lost because Cardiff are bigger and stronger than us, so we needed to play in a way that suited us. Then it was about having the players to do it and from Jason Steele all through the team we had some really brave performances - they should be proud of themselves.

“For the lads who have got minutes tonight, it was really important and they will be better for the experience.”

At 31 goalkeeper Jason Steele was the oldest member of the team and Potter praised his performance.

“He plays a leadership role in the group and is really important for us. He supports Rob [Sanchez] and the team every day and when he plays he has never let us down, he was fantastic.”