Graham Potter jokes he acted ‘a bit of an idiot’ after Brighton beat Manchester United
‘I’m actually a good person!’: Graham Potter jokes that he acted ‘like a bit of an idiot’ during the celebration of Brighton’s win over Manchester United, after he was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls as he was mobbed by fans
- Brighton routed Manchester United on a remarkable afternoon for the Seagulls
- Graham Potter was filmed celebrating with fans outside the stadium
- He insists it is essential for managers to show emotion and says he acted ‘like an idiot’
- Potter explained he couldn’t get to his car, so he felt he had “no choice” but to participate
Potter was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls’ as he was mobbed by cheering fans outside the Amex Stadium after United’s 4-0 thrashing last weekend.
Graham Potter joked he acted ‘a bit of a fool’ after Brighton routed Manchester United
Potter’s side routed United in style at Amex, and he says managers should show some emotion
Potter – who is usually much more reserved – said he had no choice but to join in the festivities.
“I couldn’t get back to my car,” he explained. “It was the only way so I had no choice, basically!”
‘I’m actually a good person, you know? I have a little emotion and I’m good company if you spend it out of this situation, I’d like to think!
The win was Brighton’s first at home since Boxing Day and they are keen to improve further
“My role is to help the team and I have to try to be myself to help the team as best I can.”
“I’ve always said that I don’t think it’s good to show no emotion, it’s a bit strange.
“I think I’ve shown emotion over the last three years – and sometimes not in a good way.
“But after beating Manchester United 4-0 and playing the way we did and you see the fans and feel their frustration over a season and the home record, sometimes it’s nice to walk through them and to act like an idiot!” ‘
Pascal Gross slipped his third goal perfectly past David de Gea on a remarkable afternoon
Brighton have little to play ahead of the trip to Elland Road, while 18th-placed Leeds are battling to extend their top-flight stay to a third season.
The south coast club – who have already racked up 47 points – have been aiming for a top spot in the first half since being promoted in 2017 and could yet find themselves between eighth and 14th.
After being forced to sweat to survive his first two seasons in Sussex, Potter insists Albion’s opponents in West Yorkshire won’t be easy.
“Guys want to finish as best they can,” he said. “They are young, ambitious, they want to do well.
Brighton are aiming for a first half of the final, and they will then face relegation-threatened Leeds
“Everyone is fighting for points. This is what the Premier League is. Leeds don’t expect us to show up there and have a nice, relaxed game and get back on the road.
“They’ll know we’re here to compete, to take the points ourselves, and that’s what makes the league so tough.
“We went there and you don’t get any help from anyone, you have to do everything yourself.
“We have to have that mentality at the weekend and we’re looking forward to finishing the season as strong as possible.”
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