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Brighton boss Graham Potter is focused on getting the best out of visiting Aston Villa this weekend and not pushing his efforts too hard to secure rare back-to-back wins at home.
The Seagulls beat Tottenham in their last appearance at the Amex to end a six-month wait for a top flight win on their own turf.
BrightonThe previous three league wins at home have strangely occurred in different years. Their only league success at home in 2020 was against Arsenal last June, while the most recent league win at home before was against Bournemouth in December 2019.
With Crystal Palace visiting after Villa’s trip on Saturday, this period looks like a great opportunity for the East Sussex side to finally correct their poor form at home.
Potter said: “It would be nice, just because back-to-back wins at home or away are hard to come by. I’m less concerned about things like that, it’s just trying to win the game against Aston Villa and that’s all we try to do.
“If we can, it would be great, but we play against such a dangerous team.
“They are in good form, they have great balance, some high level attacking players and they can keep a clean sheet. It will not be easy.”
In the previous meeting in November, Brighton claimed a 2-1 victory at Villa Park despite a late red card to Tariq Lamptey.
That expulsion was a rare low point for the former Chelsea defender since he moved to the Amex 12 months ago.
Another has been the recent hamstring injury suffered by the winger, which has knocked him out of action since the draw in Fulham on 16 December.
“He took a step back when he was close to coming back,” Potter said.
“It’s just one of those things we have to try to improve on, but it can happen. We have to sin on the bail and he is not very far now. “
Elsewhere on the injury front, the Seagulls manager revealed that a late decision will be made on whether Adam Webster (ankle) and Davy Propper (groin) are included on the team.
Potter minimizes pressure on Caicedo
The lack of bodies contributed to new signing Moisés Caicedo being on the bench in the late FA Cup loss in Leicester on Wednesday.
Only last week did Potter talk about how the highly rated teenager had “no real expectations” right away.
He added: “We had a couple that we had to leave behind anyway in terms of overcoming fatigue, so it was a good time for him to have that experience.
“But as we said earlier last week, he is a young man who is acclimated to the UK, to us, to the Premier League and to his teammates. We have to give him that time. “
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Potter worked with Yan Dhanda during his season in charge of Swansea and the midfielder was the latest footballer to suffer racist abuse on social media this week.
The 45-year-old said: “It is very sad, very disturbing. All I know is that he won’t beat Yan Dhanda.
“He’s a strong character, he’s a fantastic kid, and sadly he’s probably used to it, which is the world we’re in.
“It shouldn’t happen, but I know the boy, it won’t affect him.”