According to Graham Potter, the likes of Brighton will always prioritize their fight for the title in the Premier League and states that clubs should also improve the FA Cup campaign by putting more effort into it.
are set to faceNewport
in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday. Last weekend,
’s side drew the clash againstWolves
which saw them three points above the relegation zone.
The Seagulls will go into battle withManchester City
next week, before getting prepared to lock horns with Fulham on January 26.
Brighton are sitting 17th on thePremier League
table and Potter’s priority is fighting for survival in the top flight.
The priority would be the Premier League, I think that is fair and most people would understand that,
” Potter said.
But at the same time, you can still be competitive and try to go through in the FA Cup.
“It is a special competition and can provide some positivity to your campaign, and also just allow you to develop as a team and as a club.
“As we approached the Carabao Cup, we tried to win (the ties), to go through and progress.”
The clash against Newport on Sunday is of crucial importance for Potter’s side as he praises Michael Flynn and warns Brighton to be prepared.
Potter said: “
We can’t influence the draw and we have to play whoever, wherever we are drawn.
“Newport are a team that have got a history of performing against teams in higher divisions and knocking them out.
“As a team they have developed so they are pushing for promotion. Credit to Michael (Flynn), he has done fantastically well.
“We have a lot of respect for him and the cup competition.
“We will go with the mentality that we want to win the game; we will respect our opponent and to do our best.”
Potter believes Brighton’s upcoming fixtures are anything but easy as they don’t have the supporters there.
If you look at their results, they have got them without supporters there, so they have got a good identity, a good idea of how they want to play,
” he said.
They believe in each other and will be fighting to beat us, so we have to bring our own game.”