Under-pressure Brighton manager Graham Potter hopes his attire will help boost the pitch of his struggling side. For the first Premier League game of 2021, Potter dispensed with his normal tracksuit and instead wore a shirt, tie and tailored coat.
Although the Seagulls, who are 17th in the table, have yet to pick up a home win in the season and are in acute danger of relegation, Potter is looking to make a fresh start to the New Year: “I thought I’d change from my bad tracksuit to my own bad clothes!” he said. “The boys can see me on the page, they look at me with my surprising clothes and my terrible haircut and my horrible face and think,’ oh, it’s not so bad out there!” I fantasized for a change, 2021. I’m going to be myself, I’m going to wear my own clothes, I’m pleased with that. “On the importance of the return and job security on Saturday, he added: “We all needed that, that’s the way it is.” “There’s nothing I can do about that. I can control what I can control, which is how I conduct myself and how I work with the players, and I will continue to do that. “Brighton already looked like definite winners after a Romain Saiss header, a Dan Burn own goal and a Ruben Neves penalty after taking the lead through Aaron Connolly’s first goal at the Amex Stadium in 15 months. But before Captain Lewis Dunk scored a deserved equalizer 20 minutes from time, Neal Maupay rescued the hosts by converting a penalty within a minute of the restart. Potter, whose side has won just once in 15 top-flight games, needs a rebound in the second half to spur their survival battle. “When you look at the context of the game and see how it turned out, I think it’s a really good point for us,”When you look at the game’s context and see how it turned out, I think it’s a really good point for us. “The players are positive and happy to get a point, even though we always want to try and get three points. At halftime we were suffering, so it’s a credit to the players that they came back and got something; their effort, attitude, cohesion and fighting spirit was wonderful. “We hope it’s a great moment and we can go on from here to get positive results because we want that. No matter what, we’re going to continue battling, we’re going to continue giving our best and we’re going to hope we can get three points. “Albion’s top scorer Maupay, who had missed two of his four penalties, left the responsibility to Pascal Gross, who was not substituted, and fired in from 12 yards for his sixth goal of the season. “Life is all about big moments and they’re often when there’s been a disappointment or things haven’t gone the way you wanted,” Potter said. “It’s easy when things go well, it’s easy when everyone’s p p pp. “The challenge in the Premier League is that you don’t win as often as you’d like, so you have to overcome setbacks and disappointments, and credit to Neal for stepping up.”