Brighton boss Graham Potter is anticipating a hostile ambiance when his aspect journey to relegation threatened Leeds on Sunday.
Jesse Marsch’s hosts are scrapping for Premier League survival and plunged into the drop zone on the again of final weekend’s 2-1 loss at Arsenal.
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Defender Luke Ayling was dismissed for a reckless first-half lunge in opposition to the Gunners, earlier than winger Dan James picked up a pricey crimson card in Wednesday’s 3-0 house defeat to Chelsea.
“You anticipate it – they’re a workforce who’s combating for his or her lives,” stated Potter.
“They’re doing all the pieces they will to remain within the Premier League; they’ve misplaced two gamers with that.
“After all, there’s a nice line between what we perceive is aggression and successful the ball and competing after which clearly if it goes the opposite method the referee has to behave.
“However we respect what they’re making an attempt to do, we respect the sport and we’ll go up there and compete and do our greatest.
“It’s Elland Street, the final house sport of the season for them, final probability for them to help the workforce, so we’re anticipating a hostile, powerful, difficult surroundings.”
Leeds sit under Burnley on objective distinction, having performed a sport extra, forward of internet hosting Albion on Sunday after which travelling to Brentford on the ultimate day.
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Potter has warned his gamers of what lies in wait in West Yorkshire.
He stated: “You must make them conscious since you don’t need them to only stroll in and go, ‘what’s happening right here?’
“We anticipate a hostile sport, we anticipate aggression, we anticipate all of that as a result of the supporters are going to be making an attempt to assist them as a lot as they will.
“It’s as much as us to attempt to change that narrative and make it tougher for them. Nevertheless it’s going to be a take a look at and the blokes are trying ahead to it.
“It’s an excellent sport for us. It’s not like we’re enjoying in opposition to a workforce with nothing to play for, in case you like. We have now to verify we go there and carry out nicely.
“I’ve numerous respect for Leeds United, what they’ve achieved not too long ago and their historical past normally.
“However we will’t take into consideration that, we’ve got to deal with performing nicely and attempt to get three factors.”
Mid-table Brighton journey north buoyed by final weekend’s crushing 4-0 win over Manchester United.
The Seagulls, who finish the marketing campaign at house to West Ham, are chasing a maiden top-half end within the Premier League, having already achieved a club-record factors tally.
“It’s extra comfy, however I nonetheless don’t assume you essentially get pleasure from it,” Potter stated of his aspect’s league place.
“There are all the time issues to unravel and bother across the nook.
“We’re not stress-free, we need to end the season strongly.
“However we’re pleased with what we’ve completed thus far, and it’s going to an thrilling final two video games as a result of we need to add to our factors tally.”