Key quotes from Graham Potter's pre-Southampton press conference
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Graham Potter will be hoping his Brighton & Hove Albion side can rediscover that winning feeling when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

Albion are nine Premier League games without a win - and although only two of those games have been defeats, the form has lead to boos from home supporters after they drew with Leeds United last weekend at the AMEX Stadium.

And after fighting back to earn a point at West Ham United on Wednesday, the Seagulls will be hoping for a return to winning ways at St. Mary's.

West Ham

Neal Maupay produced a brilliant overhead kick in the 89th minute to earn Brighton a point at the London Stadium in midweek, but Potter is keen to move onto the next game.

"We’re back into work and back into preparing for the next game," said the Albion boss.

"Of course it’s a nice moment for us to get the equaliser in the way we did, but as we know we have to move on quickly and we have a game on Saturday against Southampton and we now look forward to that challenge."

Neal Maupay

The French striker silenced his critics after a fantastic overhead kick saw him score for the first time in nine games, and Potter is hoping that the Albion forward can take that confidence into the fixture at St. Mary's.

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He said: “It should give him a lot of pride, because it’s not easy as we think it might be. He’s a footballer, but he’s also a human being. So, it’s nice for him to come through that and score. Hopefully he can kick on from there.

“The challenge in this league and as a forward is you can go games without. I can name players of higher profile than Neal who have gone without goals. So, it’s just the nature of the competition and how you deal with it as a human being.

“It’s a process you have to go through to become a better player and person and that’s what we have been helping him with.”

Injury news

Brighton drew level at West Ham despite only having ten men on the pitch after Adam Lallana was forced off injured, and Potter confirmed that the former Southampton skipper will miss out on a return to St. Mary's.

"There’s no good news, but no bad news either. It’s still early days in assessing everything. but we will be without Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Webster and Adam Lallana," he explained.

"We will find out the extent of their injuries in the coming days."

Southampton

Albion and Saints got one over on each other last season, as both won 2-1 away from home. Albion visited St Mary’s in March, with Lewis Dunk grabbing the opening goal, before Che Adams equalised.

Graham Potter’s men scored an excellent team goal early on in the second half to ensure all three points, with Leandro Trossard firing in.

And the Seagulls boss is looking forward to the latest chapter of the south coast rivalry.

Potter said: "I like Southampton, I like what they do – there’s a real clarity there. You can see what they’re trying to do.

"I’m really impressed with their build up and how they get to the final third and I’m sure they will get better and better as they adjust to each other as obviously Danny Ings has moved on.

"Their identity in terms of how they defend and How they press is always clear and good and it’s always a tough game. Both teams have had a busy schedule and we’re looking to it."

Supporters

Football neutrals were perplexed when boos rang out at the AMEX Stadium last weekend when Albion were held to a goalless draw by Leeds United.

But Potter was happy with the support his side had in the capital, and was even happier that he could give them something to cheer about.

"It was great – I really enjoyed their support throughout the game," he said.

"Our away support has always been brilliant to be honest and it was nice for them and they got behind the team all night.

"They celebrated at the end with Neal and the team and even though we didn’t win it was a nice moment together to celebrate a result that I felt we deserved against a really good team. It was a nice moment together."

Tariq Lamptey

Full-back Tariq Lamptey is still building up his strength and fitness a year after suffering a serious hamstring injury that sidelined him for nine months.

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The 21-year-old gave Leeds a torrid 75 minutes before being withdrawn in the 0-0 draw at the Amex last weekend and then climbed off the bench to set up Maupay’s late equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.

"In a period now where we play a lot of games in a short space of time and that’s the only thing that’s going to stop the regularity of Tariq," Potter explained.

"We all know his qualities and what he brings to the team and it’s just the close proximity of games will challenge him and challenge us in terms of how much he plays and when he plays."

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