Potter Keen To Improve Key Stat

Potter Keen To Improve Key Stat

Brighton boss Graham Potter has admitted his side have to start taking their chances after scoring just five Premier League goals so far this season. The Seagulls have found it difficult to find the back of the net in the top flight this term, with three of their five goals coming in the opening-day win over Watford.

Since then, they have drawn blanks against Southampton, Manchester City and Newcastle and notched a solitary goal in 1-1 draws with both West Ham and Burnley.

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Neal Maupay has bagged two so far, while Leandro Trossard and Florin Andone have one apiece and Albion have also benefited from an own goal when Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure put through his own net.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, Potter knows it’s something they need to improve on and is confident the goals will soon flow.

The Brighton boss, however, believes there have been mitigating circumstances for the low goal return so far as they’ve taken on the champions away from home and also had Andone sent off in the first half of the 2-0 defeat against Saints.

He said in his press conference: “It’s an area where we need to improve, but in that time we’ve played away to Manchester City and we’ve also played 60 minutes with 10 men.

The stat on its own is quite simple but you have to look deeper, then there are perhaps reasons for it – the performance levels have got us into areas to score, especially compared to the opposition we’ve been facing. “We created more than Burnley and Newcastle, but it’s about making the most of those openings.

“That’s the challenge and it’s the hardest bit of the game, but I’m confident that with the quality we have it will turn around.”

Brighton are down in 16th place in the table before this weekend’s action after collecting six points from their first six games and lost in midweek in the Carabao Cup when going down 3-1 at home to Aston Villa in the third round.

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