'They were hard to break down': Brighton boss Graham Potter on his side's FA Cup victory over Blackpool

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Brighton boss Graham Potter praised Blackpool's stubborn defensive organisation following his side's narrow FA Cup victory over the Seasiders.
Read More
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Blackpool: Gutsy Seasiders knocked out of the FA Cup ...

The Seasiders delivered a gutsy display at the Amex Stadium, eventually going out of the competition to a narrow 2-1 defeat in their fourth round tie.

Pool, who had beaten fellow top flight side West Brom in the last round, went a goal down in the first-half when Yves Bissouma scored with a stunning long-range strike.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

But the visitors fired back in first-half stoppage-time when Gary Madine, the competition’s top scorer, steered home to finish off a well-worked move.

The Seagulls retook the lead in fortuitous circumstances when Alex MacAllister’s hopeful effort deflected off teammate Steven Alzate and wrongfooted goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

The depleted Seasiders, who announced five players had tested positive for Covid-19 prior to kick-off, gave everything in a bid to level, but in the end Brighton’s superior quality told.

With Pool throwing men forward in the final stages in a desperate bid to take the game extra-time, that created numerous openings for Brighton, but they weren't able to capitalise and put the game to bed.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Brighton boss Graham PotterBrighton boss Graham Potter
Brighton boss Graham Potter

“That is the only thing we could say we could have done better with," Potter said.

“I think we controlled the game, they were organised defensively and that made it hard to break them down.

"Blackpool came with a clear idea and I said before the game they would be a tough opponent because Neil has done a fantastic job in terms of how well-organised they are and what they bring with their attacking games.

"But I thought we controlled it well and they scored with probably their only attack.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"We could have had a few more but in the end it was a solid performance.

“We had to be patient and wait for the chances. But we are happy to get through to the next round.”

Thanks for reading. If you value what we do and are able to support us, a digital subscription is just £1 for your first month. Try us today by clicking here