Graham Potter has poured praise on the West Brom fans ahead of his Seagulls side locking horns on Saturday in a crucial clash at the bottom of the Premier League.
The Brighton boss made 47 appearances for Albion between 1997-2000 and the Solihull-born man is no stranger to the West Midlands, and he also began his career at Birmingham City.
His last trip to The Hawthorns [March 3 2019] saw his Swansea City side outclassed 3-0 before he jumped ship in the summer, and he will be hoping to avoid a similar scenario this time around.
As reported on the Sussex Live website, Potter was in a reflective mood ahead of a game that could draw his struggling team back into the relegation mire, saying: “It’s a really nice club – I had three-and-a-half years there and really enjoyed it.
“There were good people, supporters were fair, passionate, and knowledgeable. I had a really good time there.
“We had lots of managers, there was a bit of high turnover, but I have fond memories of that club.”
Get up and at ’em
Sam Allardyce will be hoping there’s no room for sentiment when he sends out his charges on Saturday afternoon.
Taking all three points against Brighton is absolutely imperative to our chances of staying in the Premier League and we must be ruthless.
12 points separate us and a win here could drag them back into the relegation picture.
Potter’s side play some nice football but can often come unstuck against clubs who make it difficult for them.
This was absolutely the case on Monday night when Crystal Palace upset the odds to beat Brighton 2-1 at the Amex Stadium, despite registering just three shots compared to the hosts’ 25.
Big Sam will be licking his lips at this and he knows better than anyone how to grind out an ugly win in this division.
We shouldn’t be aiming to make this a game of anti-football but nor should we overlook the tactics that ultimately brought Palace much success in Sussex.
In other West Brom news, Mark Lawrenson predicts close encounter in Albion v Brighton clash.