Potter: Draw a fair result

The head coach reflects on Sunday's draw at Elland Road.

By Luke Nicoli • 15 May 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter and his assistant Bjorn Hamberg discuss their options.

Graham Potter felt a point was a fair result as relegation-battling Leeds grabbed a late equaliser at Elland Road.

The Seagulls looked to be heading to an impressive eighth Premier League win on the road, thanks to Danny Welbeck’s superb first-half opener, but the hosts came back stronger in the second half and grabbed a share of the spoils thanks to an injury-time header from Pascal Struijk.

“In the first half we created some really good opportunities,” said the head coach. “We had lots of good play, good opportunities and got into the final third and the box a lot. But, in fairness, in the second half Rob [Sanchez] had to make a couple of good saves, so I wouldn’t begrudge Leeds their point. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Rob Sanchez is in the Spain squad for their Nations League games after a great season with Albion.

“We probably needed the second goal to kill it off, and Danny’s chance was the best one, but that’s football. We didn’t get it and in the end you always leave yourself open to that.

“I’m proud of the players though because it was a tough game, a tough environment, and a tough challenge for us in terms of how much it meant for the opposition. It meant a lot for us, of course, but we haven’t got the knife to our throat in terms of relegation, so I think we performed really well.

“Overall, the result was probably about right and in a tough environment, against an opponent fighting for everything, we take the point.”

Welbeck opened the scoring with a deft finish and while he missed a good opportunity to put the game out of reach with a late header, Potter was pleased with his contribution.

“It was a great finish,” he reflected. “Danny’s been great for us, on and off the pitch, even when he was playing a different role. As soon as he’s fully fit and enjoying his football, he’s a top player and I enjoy working with him. I’m pretty sure he’ll be with us next year.”