Project Restart: Graham Potter confident Brighton will hit the ground running

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The Seagulls boss states his players are searching in great shape ahead of the Premier League reboot.

Graham Potter is confident his Brighton side will hit the ground running when the Premier League gets back under way, declaring that the requirement of training has actually never ever been greater in his year at the club.

The leading flight has actually been suspended given that March 9, casting big question marks over how players will handle an unanticipated mid-season break when fixtures resume later on this month.

Potter’s side were on a 10-game winless run when the coronavirus crisis stopped procedures, leaving them simply 2 points above the transfer zone with 9 games toplay Given that full contact training has actually been back on the program, he has actually seen plenty of factor for optimism.

“The players have actually adjusted actually well and come back in great spirits– they’re focused and favorable.

“I would say they have been the best two or three weeks of training I’ve had at the club so far.” #BHAFC ⚪ pic.twitter.com/HBM4zMbApX

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“The players have adapted really well and come back in good spirits – they’re focused and positive. The boys came back in a really good way and it’s been the best two or three weeks training since I’ve been at the club,” he stated.

” The efficiency, the mindset, the quality has actually all been actually high. We have actually had an extended period out and it’s not been great to go through, since individuals have actually been losing their lives, which puts things in point of view.

“But now we’ve got to go ahead and play and we want to get out there. We’re looking to starting and I’m really happy with how the players have approached the return.”

Brighton start their run- in with a home match against Arsenal and have 4 more games by themselves spot as they aim to ensure their survival.

The readily available proof from Germany, where Bundesliga matches have actually been back given that mid-May, recommends that the lack of fans has actually all-but eliminated home benefit, though a record of 4 wins from 14 getaways at their own arena recommends Brighton do not have as much to lose as others.

“It’s not like the AMEX was a massive fortress for us before and now we haven’t got that anymore. So we have to play football and we get on with it,” he stated.

When Arsenal see the AMEX Arena,

Fans will be noticeable by their lack. (Gareth Fuller/PA)

” I think the hostility of the home crowd in the Premier League is where the benefit is. the crowd in the British game get so included in the game and little minutes can alter things in the match.

“As as an away team it’s difficult when there’s 30,40,50,60,000 people at a game – that’s normal. But it’s not there, we haven’t got the crowd and you just have to play football as well as you can. That’s the challenge now.”

Hardcore fans will have the ability to make their existence felt, albeit in the form of customised cardboard cutouts that can be purchased for ₤20

“It’s hard for a cardboard cutout to generate the same atmosphere that 30,000 in the AMEX can, but it’s an opportunity for fans to engage,” stated Potter.

“To have real life supporter would be far better – unless they’re hurling abuse at me, in which case I’m happy with the cutouts.”

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