Potter demands more despite Seagulls win

Brighton and Hove Albion
Potter wants more from Seagulls.

Brighton boss Graham Potter says there is still room for improvement after watching his side start the season with a 3-0 win at Watford.

In Potter’s first competitive game in charge of Albion since replacing Chris Hughton, his side took a 29th-minute lead after a ball across the box from Pascal Gross was turned into his own net by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Brighton then struck twice in the second half with substitute Florin Andone firing home with his first touch of the game, and debutant Neal Maupey expertly rounded Ben Foster before slotting home in the 77th minute to secure all three points.

It was the perfect start to life in the Premier League for Potter, but he refused to get too carried away after the game, and says there is still room for improvement.

“We’re very happy with the result, with the performance I thought the players were fantastic,” he said. “They tried their best to do what we asked them to do and we weren’t perfect of course, I wouldn’t expect that.

“But it was probably a reward for all the work the guys have done as a collective unit for the last few weeks. It was a positive day for us and a good start.”

Potter was also pleased for Maupey, who has wasted no time in opening his account after making the switch from Championship outfit Brentford.

“Nice for him to score. when we’re away from home at these sort of places you need the goal to kill the game off,” Potter added. “I thought he took his goal well and Florian took his goal well.

“It’s great for the subs to come on and have an impact and be ready to help the team. They’re professional guys, they’re ready to come on and help the team.”

If Potter feels there is room for improvement, imagine how his Watford counterpart Javi Gracia must feel after watching his side hammered on home soil.

The Hornets had a fantastic campaign last season and expectations are high, making this defeat even harder to take.

Gracia is refusing to reach for the panic button, and instead believes the defeat will give his players a much-needed early kick up the backside.

“We need to improve,” he said. “Maybe it is a good wake-up call for the rest of the season. It is the first game so we have a lot of time to improve. Today, no excuses. They played better than us, they deserved three points.”