Potter so proud after 'deserved' win over Spurs

Head coach hails fantastic performance after Albion win at Spurs for the first time in 41 years.

By Luke Nicoli • 16 April 2022

By James Boardman
Graham Potter's men moved up to 40 points in the Premier League.

Graham Potter was proud of his players following Albion’s dramatic, yet deserved, late winner at Champions League-chasing Tottenham.

The side, from one to 11, were brave in attack, steadfast in defence, and were rewarded for their efforts when Leandro Trossard superbly tucked home in the 90th minute.

It was the Seagulls’ first win at Spurs in 41 years and took the side within a point of equalling last season’s best-ever Premier League tally of 41 points with six games still to play.

“The performance was fantastic and the players, to a man, were exceptional,” said the head coach. “They all had an understanding of what we were trying to do and for Leo to pop up with the goal at the end made it an amazing day for us in front of our own supporters.

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma enjoyed a fine display in the middle of the park.

“It wasn’t a lucky win; it wasn’t a smash-and-grab from our perspective, it was really, really good performance and one we can be really proud of. I thought we deserved it.

“It felt like we had good control and that’s not easy to do here. It was a hot day and we’ve got some young players out there who are adapting to the Premier League and getting better with all the experiences they have. I’m really proud of the players.”

Albion’s dominance ensured the hosts’ twin threat of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane failed to register a single effort on target, and Potter was delighted with the defensive aspect of his side’s performance.

“The guys put in a hell of a shift. I think you have to understand that we’re up against a good side, all over the pitch, and to try to stop the source into their attacking players, that are legendary in terms of the Premier League status and who can blow teams away fairly quickly, meant we had to be strong in that area – and I thought the guys did it really, really well.

By Paul Hazlewood

“Danny Welbeck came on, showing absolutely no ego at all. He was part of a win against Arsenal and accepted his role off the bench today, which says a lot about him as a man. I thought he was amazing when he came on.”

After a difficult run of results for the side, today’s victory came hot on the heels of last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal and means that Albion will end the season unbeaten in London.

“We had a period where we had to suffer and when you don’t win, the world can cave in pretty quickly, especially in this league.

“But we stayed strong and stayed resolute in terms of what we’re trying to do. We had a good international break, a good performance against Norwich, and built on that with the two wins here. We like our visits to London, we’ve done quite well here.”