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Graham Potter says he needs a ‘history lesson’ in Brighton after fan boos

BRIGHTON BOSS Graham Potter was unimpressed as fans booed his side at the final whistle in their goalless draw with Leeds.

Neal Maupay scored an open goal from just six yards out as the hosts missed a succession of chances to see their winless streak stretch to eight Premier League games.

The wasteful Seagulls, inspired by the creative efforts of energetic star Tariq Lamptey, dominated on a chilly evening at Amex Stadium but failed to assert their superiority.

Lively Leandro Trossard and substitute Solly March each hit the woodwork, while missing Frenchman Maupay, recalled after three games as a substitute, and Jakub Moder squandered other excellent openings.

The final whistle was greeted by boos from home supporters and, when asked about the reaction, Potter told Sky Sports: “They are entitled to their opinion. I don’t agree with them. Completely.

“You have to understand the game, you have to understand who we’re playing against, how we’ve played, what we’ve done. I think we are eighth in the Premier League, but maybe I need a history lesson at this football club.

Potter backed Maupay to bounce back from his terrible failure and felt there were “too many positives to mention”.

“He’s a human being and he’ll be disappointed because he thinks he can score those,” Potter said of Albion’s top scorer in the post-match press conference.

“He’s not the only one missing chances, he won’t be the last. There will be better players than Neal missing, it’s just part of football, part of being a striker.

“He is strong enough as a character to deal with this and he will bounce back. Sometimes in football you can have frustrating evenings and probably Neal had a frustrating evening.

Speaking about the general display, the head coach continued: “It was one of those nights – the ball didn’t go for us. We did everything except score.

“I think we played very well, showed great personality, great courage against a team that makes it difficult for you in terms of defence.

“We created some really good chances. Tariq contributed to it in a fantastic way, as did Leo (Trossard) on the other side – too many positives to be honest with you. I’m really, really happy.

Sussex’s stalemate was a sixth draw in Albion’s long winless run, but was enough to move them above Manchester United in the table.

Lackluster Leeds, who remain just one place above the relegation zone, have never won at current home Brighton and rarely looked likely to end that run as their difficult season continued.

Still, they would have ripped him off if Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez hadn’t been vigilant in denying substitute Tyler Roberts three times.

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Leeds defender Junior Firpo endured a torrid first half against Lamptey and, along with Kalvin Phillips, was substituted for the second half.

United boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed England international Phillips’ withdrawal was tactical rather than forced by injury.

The Argentine admitted his side got off to a slow start at the south coast but was encouraged by the improvement in the second half.

“In the first half the differences were very big in their favor and in the second half we managed to play equal,” Bielsa said.

“We defended better and we created chances – not too many – but proportional to the opponent.

“In the first half we didn’t defend well and we conceded a lot of chances on our goal and we didn’t take advantage of the balls where we had the chance to create danger.

“In the second half we defended better and we created four or five chances on goal and that allowed us to play a more balanced and equal game.

“I don’t ignore the performance of the first half, but I hope the performance of the second half will be the starting point to grow.”