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Graham Potter jokes he acted like ‘a bit of an idiot’ after Brighton beat Manchester United

‘I’m actually a good person!’: Graham Potter jokes that he acted ‘like a bit of an idiot’ when celebrating Brighton’s win over Manchester United, after he was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls’ as fans mobbed him.

  • Brighton thrashed Manchester United in an extraordinary afternoon for the Seagulls
  • Graham Potter was filmed jubilantly celebrating with fans outside the stadium.
  • He insists it’s key for managers to show emotion and says he acted ‘like an idiot’
  • Potter explained that he couldn’t get to his car, so he felt he “had no choice” but to join.

Brighton boss Graham Potter insists it’s important managers show some emotion after acting “like a bit of an idiot” while celebrating his side’s resounding win over Manchester United.

Potter was filmed shouting ‘Seagulls’ as he was mobbed by jubilant fans outside Amex Stadium following last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of United.

Albion’s landslide victory was their first on home soil since Boxing Day and they will look to add to their Premier League points record at relegation-threatened Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

Graham Potter joked that he acted like a

Graham Potter joked that he acted like a “bit of a jerk” after Brighton beat Manchester United

Potter's side defeated United in style at the Amex, and he says managers should show emotion

Potter’s side defeated United in style at the Amex, and he says managers should show emotion

Potter, who is usually much more reserved, says that he was left with no choice but to join in the revelry.

“I couldn’t get back to my car,” he explained. ‘That was the only way, so I had no choice, essentially!

‘I’m actually a good person, you know? I have a little excitement and I am very good company if you spend it outside of this situation, I would like to think!

The victory was Brighton's first at home since Boxing Day and they are keen to improve further.

The victory was Brighton’s first at home since Boxing Day and they are keen to improve further.

“My role is to help the team and I have to try to be myself to help the team in the best possible way.”

I’ve always said that I don’t think it’s good to show any emotion at all, that’s a bit strange.

“I think I’ve shown emotion in the last three years, and sometimes not in a good way.

“But after beating Manchester United 4-0 and playing the way we did and seeing the fans and feeling their frustration over a season and the record at home, sometimes it’s nice to step over them and act like an idiot! !’

Pascal Gross slid his third goal cleanly past David de Gea on a remarkable afternoon

Pascal Gross slid his third goal cleanly past David de Gea on a remarkable afternoon

Brighton have little to play for before the trip to Elland Road, while 18th-placed Leeds are fighting to extend their stay in the top flight into a third season.

The south coast club, who have already amassed 47 points, are aiming for a first top-half finish since promotion in 2017 and could still finish between eighth and 14th.

Having had to sweat to survive his first two seasons in Sussex, Potter insists Albion’s West Yorkshire opponents will not be given an easy ride.

“The guys want to finish as best they can,” he said. ‘They are young, ambitious, they want to do well.

Brighton aim to finish in the top half, and will then face relegation-threatened Leeds.

Brighton aim to finish in the top half, and will then face relegation-threatened Leeds.

‘Everyone is fighting for points. This is the Premier League. Leeds don’t expect us to show up there and have a nice relaxed game and get back on the road.

‘They will know that we are there to compete, to take the points ourselves, and that is what makes the league so difficult.

“We’ve been there and you don’t get help from anyone, you have to do everything yourself.

“We need to have that mindset on the weekend and hopefully finish the season as strong as possible.”

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