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Brighton boss Graham Potter was full of praise for Tottenham after his team were dumped out of the FA Cup, revealing what the Seagulls simply cannot do if they hope to win matches.
Brighton fought hard but were at times their own worst enemies against Tottenham. Adam Webster in particular had a hard time, with the midfield directly to blame for both of Harry Kane’s goals.
Potter’s substitution at the break, replacing Adam Lallana with Joel Veltman and switching to a back five, gave Brighton an impetus and a rhythm that they lacked for most of the first half.
Yves Bissouma rose throughout the match and the midfielder pulled Brighton within one of Spurs’ two-goal lead shortly after the break.
But another Webster error helped Kane settle a draw shortly after as Brighton bowed out of the FA Cup in the fourth round.
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Talking to BBC in a short post-match interview, Potter praised the Spurs as a “really good opponent with really good players.”
But he also admitted that his team was not at their best, insisting that the types of defensive mistakes they made would make it nearly impossible to win any match.
“Our performance was not one of ours better and I thought Tottenham were good,” said Graham Potter.
“I have no complaints, we just were not at our level. You can not give three goals away and expect to win the match.
“We wanted to go through, but we played a really good opponent with really good players.”
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