‘They’d want Carrow Road to be full and hostile’ - Brighton boss feels Canaries’ pain

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 July 2020 | UPDATED: 17:23 02 July 2020

Graham Potter suffered two defeats to Norwich City as Swansea boss last season but got the better of Daniel Farke with Brighton earlier this season 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Graham Potter suffered two defeats to Norwich City as Swansea boss last season but got the better of Daniel Farke with Brighton earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Graham Potter thinks Norwich City may have felt the absence of their supporters more than most but the Brighton boss expects the Canaries to keep faith with Daniel Farke.

Graham Potter thinks Norwich City may have felt the absence of their supporters more than most but the Brighton boss expects the Canaries to keep faith with Daniel Farke.

The Seagulls head to Norfolk 15th and six points above the relegation zone but looking to bounce back from a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday, taking on a City side that are bottom and seven points from safety with six games remaining.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Norwich as a club, as a team, because I saw how they got promoted from the Championship,” the former Swansea manager said. “I think there’s a really good infrastructure there.

“Daniel Farke’s done a really good job. As a club I think they’ve got a plan, they’ve got values, an idea. Whatever happens to them this year I’m pretty sure they’re going to improve from their experience, whether they’re in the Championship or the Premier League. I’m pretty sure they will because they’re that type of people there.

“In that regard, when you have that type of mentality, you know it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be tough, they’re not going to give up.

“When you see the games, there’s some fine lines between taking the lead in matches, they have good moments in games, a lot of the stuff that they’ve done well they continue to do and we have to make sure that we’re playing well - and we’ll need a bit of luck too because it’s going to be a tough match.”

The Canaries have lost all three of their league games since the season resumed behind closed doors, with home defeats to Everton and Southampton followed by a 4-0 loss at Arsenal on Wednesday.

“I think if you look at the table, most of the teams down there have found it hard to get results, I don’t think it’s just about style of play necessarily,” Potter continued. “If you’re a team that’s been promoted you need your crowd. They’d want Carrow Road to be full and hostile.

“I think that’s been more of a miss for them than the playing style. Without the crowds it probably favours the better teams because crowds can influence games at periods you’re struggling maybe because you don’t have the same quality that the opposition have.”

Brighton had beaten Arsenal and drawn with Leicester prior to Tuesday’s defeat to United but Potter is not too downhearted about the result.

“I think it’s about perspective,” he said. “Man United are a level above us, is the truth. If you’d said to me that we’d pick up four points from Arsenal, Leicester and Man United I probably would have snapped your hand off.

“We’re disappointed to lose, we know how hard points are to come by in this situation, we’ve picked up four so far and we’ve got to go into the next game feeling positive about the work we’ve done and look forward to the match.”

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