Brighton boss Potter hails "fantastic" Hammers

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 30th November 2021

Graham Potter is a man under pressure with his Brighton & Hove Albion side having gone nine matches in all competitions without a win.

And the last place the 46-year-old former full back might wish to visit in order to try and put a run to a disappointing run of that nature right now is the London Olympic Stadium where David Moyes' in-form West Ham await.

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Yet Brighton go into the game with something of a hex over the Hammers, having remained unbeaten since returning to the Premier League - a sequence of EIGHT games which includes three wins and five draws.

Still, Potter maintained that the fixture will be a difficult proposition for his team who left the field to a cacophony of boos from their own fans following their latest outing, a goalless draw against Leeds United at the Amex Stadium.

"It's always tough playing against West Ham," he said during his pre-match press conference. "The job that David Moyes has done is fantastic. To be in Europe this season, where they've competed well and won their group and to be in the top four of the Premier League is amazing.

"When you have that type of opponent of course it's a challenge, but we've had some good performances up there in London.

"We have to go and play well again but our challenge is to maintain the performance level we had against Leeds United. If we do that, we'll give ourselves a chance in the game - and that's what the Premier League is."

And Potter also believes David Moyes has every right to ask for more from his players despite West Ham sitting fourth in the table at present, having navigated a path through to the last 16 of the Europa League and facing a Carabao Cup quarter final against Tottenham next month.

"They're in a good moment, I think Michail Antonio's scored six this season and they supplement that with Benrahma or Bowen," he said when asked if he felt Moyes was being reasonable.

"They've good good combinations - [Tomas] Soucek and [Declan] Rice in midfield are dominant too. We're in a process where we all want more, we all want to improve and we all want better - so David has got every right to ask for that because that's the coach's job."

You may watch Potter's press conference in full below.

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