Potter: We've made a fantastic start

Head coach delighted with Albion's late show against Brentford.

By Bruce Talbot • 11 September 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter applauds the travelling supporters at Brentford.

Head coach Graham Potter said he was delighted for his players after Leandro Trossard's 90th-minute goal earned Albion their third win out of their first four Premier League games.

The Belgian struck after good work by substitute Alexis Mac Allister to seal a 1-0 victory at newly promoted Brentford.

“It's a fantastic start to the season and I am so pleased for the players and for the supporters that came,” he said.

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter's three substitutes Jakub Moder, Solly March and Alexis Mac Allister all played a role in the winning goal.

“It was a hard fought match. You can see the quality that Brentford bring and the enthusiasm and belief in what they do, as they've obviously had success doing it.

“In the first half they were the better team. We were okay but we had to dig in which we did. We grew into the game in the second half and we wore them down a little bit. It was a great goal - 1-0 wins away from home are fantastic.”

Potter switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half after Adam Webster went off with an injury and as a result Albion had a lot more of the ball.

“It was an enforced but switching to a four meant we could have another body closer to their defenders. Generally the players played better in the second half with more control which is not easy to do against Brentford because of the atmosphere and the intensity of the opposition.”

Potter had particular praise for his match-winner who was on international duty with Belgium in Belarus in midweek. After the game Trossard had a five-hour flight back to Brussels from where he drove back to Sussex. But he still had enough energy to score his first goal of the season in the last minute of normal time.

“I thought Leo was fantastic today, it was a really mature performance,” said Potter. “He carried a threat the whole time. Coming back from international duty isn’t easy so I am delighted that he got the winner.”

The victory has lifted Albion to third in the table and for the first time in the club’s history Saturday’s starting XI contained ten full internationals.