Graham Potter’s verdict as Brighton beat Leicester 5-2

And Graham Potter couldn’t have been prouder of his team.

Despite falling behind in the first minute to a Kelechi Iheanacho goal, the Seagulls recovered from the setback and their first midweek defeat of the season by Fulham.

Potter was delighted with his team’s performance as they maintained their unbeaten home record.

The Albion head coach said: “Absolutely fantastic, great performance, great result and great atmosphere.

We had to react from the first minute, we talked about reacting to the midweek disappointment.

“Conceding so early is not the ideal start but credit to the lads, they were fantastic I thought, scored two goals, were the better team at that point and then conceded a bad goal, gave them a lifeline of sorts , but We pulled back at half-time and played really well overall in the second half. I think we absolutely deserved the win.”

Alexis Mac Allister scored twice, including a stunning free-kick that was practically the last shot of the game to put the icing on the cake for the Seagulls.

The Argentine has now scored three goals in his last two games and forms a strong midfield trio with Pascal Gross and Moises Caicedo, who also scored.

Potter said, “He’s got that quality and he’s been practicing.

“The fifth goal is a result of practice, so credit goes to it.

“Alexis had to be patient and bid his time and be disappointed and support the team from the side, the same goes for Moises.

“They see the performance today, I think they embody what the team and the group is about, supporting each other and waiting for the opportunity and two fantastic strikes.”

Mac Allister saw a thunderous strike disallowed for a controversial offside in the build-up.

The ball went into the top corner, but after a long check by the video assistant referee, the goal was disallowed.

Ultimately, the decision didn’t matter as Albion got the win they needed.

Potter said: “I think with offside they have to make the right decision and I think it’s probably a millimeter or two. “It’s a shame but I understand why it was given and luckily the result was good for us.”

The referee and assistants took almost five minutes to check the goal, which frustrated the fans. Potter didn’t mind the delay too much, but joked that Mac Allister wouldn’t see it that way.

He added: “I don’t think he will hit a better ball and of course for the fans because it’s a beautiful moment.

“That is the disadvantage of VAR. You lose the real joy of scoring because you always have to check it and when you check it you see maybe it’s the right decision but luckily the result is the right one for us.”

A Luke Thomas own goal brought Brighton level when Solly March’s header deflected into the net.

Leandro Trossard restored Brighton’s lead after Patson Daka equalized.

The Belgian looked like he would be substituted but stayed in touch, scoring the third goal and setting up a goal.

Potter admitted: “He felt his knee a bit yesterday so we were worried about him later in the game but then he just scored and got the penalty so I just decided to let him.”

He joked, “It’s easy – be a coach!” Graham Potter’s verdict as Brighton beat Leicester 5-2

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