Brighton were towards the bottom of many people’s predicted Premier League tables this season, but their performance on the opening weekend made those forecasts look a little silly.
Graham Potter got his tenure underway with a 3-0 win over Watford, in which the Seagulls immediately looked a more exciting and attacking proposition than at any point last season.
On Monday’s edition of the Totally Football Show, Daniel Storey was certainly impressed.
“It was their joint-highest ever away top flight win,” he said. “The most promising thing for Graham Potter was, firstly how quickly they adapted to playing three at the back. His preferred formation is 3-4-2-1, Dan Burn came in because Adam Webster wasn’t quite ready, and was brilliant.
“Also, the main thing is that last season Chris Hughton’s big problem was he was so risk-averse, so safety first that as soon as they went into a lead, they shut up shop, left Glen Murray up front and he was isolated.
“This time, Murray and Locadia came off, but two strikers came on and both scored within 15 minutes. Rather than sitting back and inviting pressure, which they aren’t good enough to do, they win 3-0.”
Andy Murray (not that one) also had some high praise for Potter’s men.
“They looked fabulous. Lewis Dunk’s pass for Maupay’s goal – you talk about one pass taking out four defenders, I haven’t seen one that good since Kaka’s to Hernan Crespo in the 2005 Champions League final. I didn’t think he had that in his locker.
“They’d won three of their last 32 away, so to start the season that well is phenomenal. It’s only one game but Potter clearly knows how to set up a team how he wants them to play.”
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