Graham Potter's praise for Sheffield United after victory over Brighton

Graham Potter, the Brighton and Hove Albion, gave credit to the way Sheffield United defended their one-goal lead which ultimately proved decisive at Bramall Lane on Saturday evening.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 10:00 am

Relegated United picked up only their fifth win of a miserable campaign as David McGoldrick’s first-half strike proved decsive, the striker taking advantage of some slack defending from the visitors to net his eighth goal of the season.

Brighton thought they had equalised when Jakub Moder bundled home past Aaron Ramsdale, but a VAR check showed he was offside when Adam Webster flicked on.

And Potter admitted: “We’re disappointed, of course. We weren’t as good as we’ve been recently, we had a decent chance and then gave a poor goal away.

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“They defend well, credit to them, and we pushed and pushed and lacked a bit of quality, but still created enough to score. But we didn’t, and that’s what football is all about.

“We had decent possession of the ball but we weren’t aggressive enough on the press and then a mistake, a heavy touch, and overall a poor goal. That doesn’t make it easy because they defend deep and we had to break them down. We could have got a goal, but it wasn’t to be.

“We tried to keep width, get players in wide areas to have another option. Neal [Maupay] had another chance that went over the bar, but it needed a bit more quality over the course of the game if we’re being critical of ourselves.

“We’re disappointed we haven’t won the game, but everyone is fighting for something.”

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter (right) shakes hands with Sheffield United interim manager Paul Heckingbottom (centre): Tim Goode/PA Wire.