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Brighton boss Graham Potter is aiming for Amex success starting with Newcastle

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GRAHAM POTTER has admitted he wants more success at Amex Stadium this season after having mixed results there last season.

Last season Albion struggled for consistency at home as they won just five of their 19 Premier League games compared to seven wins on their travels.

This meant Albion averaged 1.16 points on the Amex and 1.53 points away.

Another point of frustration for home fans was the lack of goals at the Amex. Prior to their last two home wins against Manchester United and West Ham United, Albion had scored just 12 goals in 17 home games.

After these impressive victories, they managed to increase their total of 19 goals in home games this season.

This was still less than their away goalscoring, which has been much more consistent throughout the season as they have scored 23 times at the other Premier League stadiums.

In terms of losses, it’s also had a worse record at home, as Albion were beaten seven times in the league at Amex last season, including a 3-0 smash against relegated Burnley in February.

Away from home, however, Albion have only been beaten four times as they recorded draws at Liverpool and Chelsea and an impressive 3-2 win at Goodison Park over Everton in that run.

Potter was criticized as a club manager for the home form last season as fans wanted to see better results at the Amex.

Poor form at the Amex, along with other factors, resulted in empty stands appearing in the stands and complaints about the atmosphere versus the support of traveling fans.

Potter is hoping that can change this season and hopes his side can improve on their home record this season, while of course he won’t be upset about picking up points outside of the Amex.

He told the media: “It’s best to win in front of your supporters.

“I won’t complain if we get points elsewhere but it’s nice to win at home and we’ll try.”

If Potter is able to convert his team’s impressive away form and pick up where they left off with their victories over the Red Devils and Hammers at the end of last season, then it will certainly improve the atmosphere at Amex and bring smiles in the faces of the fans.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle side make the debut at the Amex this season. The Magpies won their opening game of the season as they easily defeated Nottingham Forest on their return to the Premier League.

Potter has been impressed with the Magpies since Howe replaced former manager Steve Bruce mid last season.

The former AFC Bournemouth manager helped Newcastle escape relegation last season and even managed to get them promoted to the league to challenge teams trying to break into the top half of the table.

Taken over by wealthy new owners from Saudi owners, the club has hired three players to reinforce the first team.

England goalkeeper Nick Pope has been signed by relegated Burnley and impressive centre-back Sven Botman has been signed by Ligue 1 club Lille. The Magpies have also signed Matt Targett on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.

While the deal was minimal compared to what football fans expected following the takeover, it was smart and added to the quality Howe was able to extract from the already existing squad.

Potter believes Howe is doing well at the club and it will be a tough game this weekend.

He said: “Newcastle were impressive at the weekend. It was a deserved win.

“They recruited well in the summer and the January window before.

“One thing that gets overlooked is the quality of Eddie’s work. If you look at the top five, they were all there before him and he improved them as a team and as individuals.

“Eddie did a fantastic job. I have great respect for the work he has done.

“It’s a brilliant performance from everyone there. They’re going to come up with a really tough test.”

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