Potter hails Brighton ‘dominance’ despite draw vs Palace

Date published: Friday 14th January 2022 10:50 - Jason Soutar

Graham Potter applauds the fans

Brighton boss Graham Potter has hailed his side’s “fantastic” performance in their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Albion missed plenty of chances – including a first-half penalty – against their rivals on Friday night.

Conor Gallagher opened the scoring for Patrick Vieira’s men against the run of play before Joachim Andersen scored a late own goal to rescue a point for the Seagulls.

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Friday’s draw means Brighton are unbeaten in five in all competitions, with their last loss coming against Wolves on December 15.

Potter insists he was proud of his team despite failing to get all three points against Palace.

He told Sky Sports: “Pride. I thought we were fantastic, first half especially. Can’t get much more dominant that.

“Overall the performance and character of the team to recover from the set back of missing a penalty and conceding, to come back, really pleasing.

“It is football and all you can do is focus on the quality of our performance which was really, really pleasing. Overall in the game I thought we were the better team.

“I can’t be anything but pleased with how we went about our work tonight.”

The first-half penalty missed by Pascal Gross was awarded after referee Rob Jones viewed the pitchside monitor after being consulted by VAR, giving a foul against Palace midfielder Will Hughes.

From the resulting corner, Neal Maupay thought he had opened the scoring but Jones once again used the monitor to overturn his original decision, giving a foul against the French striker for a challenge on goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Potter insists both decisions were correctly changed, despite his side having a goal chopped off.

“I think VAR got pretty much everything right,” he added. “I can see why it was chalked off and why the penalty was given. Yep, well done.”

He also believes it was a point gained and a point lost, continuing: “Both. At the end of the game you have to take what you have. The thing we have to take forward is the performance level. If we maintain that performance we will win more than we lose.”

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