Brighton stutter after a bright start
At one point, it looked as though Brighton were the feel-good story of this season, with the Seagulls winning four of their opening 5 Premier League games.
However, things have turned down since then, with their 2-1 win over Leicester City on September 19th proving their last victory, and Graham Potter’s side have drawn six of their last 8 games.
Against Leeds United on Saturday evening, it was a familiar pattern that emerged.
Brighton deserved the win by expected goals, but the lack of a striker continued to haunt them, as it did last season when they were the most underperforming side in the division when their actual goals were compared to their expected goals.
Brighton (1.90) 0-0 (0.88) Leeds
— The xG Philosophy (@xGPhilosophy) November 27, 2021
The draw leaves the club in eighth place, above Manchester United, which would have been considered unthinkable only a few years ago.
However, Potter’s side were booed off at full-time at the Amex stadium.
Potter hits back at boos
As can be seen below, the goalless draw with lowly Leeds United was greeted with a chorus of boos from the Brighton faithful, which left Potter looking perplexed.
Graham Potter at full time is confused with the boos from Brighton as he looks up to the crowd and shakes his head 👀 pic.twitter.com/o4NvgYZaOC
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 27, 2021
Quizzed by Sky Sports on the fan reaction, Potter hit back.
The English boss said:
“I am a little bit perplexed to the reaction in the crowd at the end because the performance was fantastic against a team that like to dominate possession, like to out-run you – they didn’t do that today”
“They are entitled to their opinions but I disagree with them completely.
“We are sitting eighth in the Premier League but maybe I need a history lesson on this football club.”
🗣️ “They’re entitled to their opinion, I disagree with them, completely.”
Graham Potter reacts to fans booing at full-time after Brighton drew 0-0 with Leeds 👀pic.twitter.com/e7bcmVpjyF
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) November 28, 2021
Given that Brighton’s highest ever top-flight finish was 13th in the 81/82 season, are they being harsh on Potter?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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