Jarring scenes followed after the Brighton vs Leeds match last night. After the end of a largely frustrating game for the Seagulls, which ended in the draw, a small section of Brighton fans expressed their displeasure and booed their team.
Brighton deserved to win, creating multiple chances and hitting the post thrice as Bielsa’s men were lucky to walk away with a point. Brighton’s poor finishing however held them back, Neil Maupay, in particular, missing an absolute sitter.
Whether or not such a performance warrants boos is up to everyone’s individual standpoints. Brighton manager Graham Potter certainly didn’t think so.
After the boos began ringing out, the English Manager looked a perplexed figure. While completing his full-time pleasantries, Potter looked up to the fans in disbelief and continued to shake his head in disapproval muttering “They’re booing!”, under his breath.
Graham Potter at full time is confused with the boos from Brighton as he looks up to the crowd and shakes his head 👀 pic.twitter.com/o4NvgYZaOC— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 27, 2021
He didn’t mince words in his post-match press conference either and reiterated that the side at the moment is punching above its weight as compared to the past. Potter said “They’re entitled to their opinion. I disagree with them.”
“You have to understand the game, you have to understand who we’re playing against, how we played, what we did. I think we’re sitting eighth in the Premier League, but maybe I need a bit of a history lesson at this football club.”
The majority of Brighton fans and football fans in general on Twitter seemed to be in agreement with Potter but stated that perhaps the boos weren’t meant for him and instead were directed at the Brighton forwards.
I’m here for Graham Potter going all out in attacking those booing his team 👏🏼😅 pic.twitter.com/ULx75RzeNv— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) November 28, 2021
I love our manager, I hope he knows the loud minority booing weren’t aiming the boos at him, if you’re an actual Brighton fan, you love Graham Potter & what he’s doing here! Simple as. #bhafc pic.twitter.com/6sjvxOAQgI— Callum (Lewis Dunk Era) (@BhaCallum) November 27, 2021
Brighton fans booing the team and Graham Potter – have a day off ffs— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) November 28, 2021
Fair play to Potter coming out and asking the question about the booing.— James Downing (@jimmythewhack) November 27, 2021
Fans are entitled to give their opinion but so his he.
He wasn’t the best player for us but he’s turned into a good manager. Fair play to him.#wba
The Brighton fans booing Potter need to realise we would currently be 8th in the championship without him— Connor Shirkie (@connorshirkie05) November 27, 2021
Last season, Brighton were known to terribly underperform on their XG leading to a 16th place finish. However, this year they seemed to have turned the tide as they won 4 out of their first 5 games in the league.
Unfortunately, last season’s blushes seemed to have returned, Brighton hasn’t won once in the past 8 games, losing twice and drawing six times.