Brighton come to Newcastle on Saturday struggling for form, having failed to win a Premier League game since their impressive 3-0 opening day win at Watford.

With both sides struggling for wins, the game has an important feel to it, and the destination of the points could be crucial to both sides’ survival hopes when May comes around.

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Potter spoke of the threat Newcastle pose, particularly with the potential return of Andy Carroll at some stage during the game.

During his pre-match press conference, the Brighton manager heaped praise on Carroll.

Potter told Sky Sports: “There are not many players like Andy Carroll around, so he will give them another option.”

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That is exactly what Steve Bruce will be hoping for, as Newcastle will need to be on the front foot from the first whistle against the Seagulls.

The game is about more than Andy Carroll’s return

But it is not just Carroll that Potter is concerned about, with him looking at Newcastle’s overall threat.

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“I’ve been impressed with how their front three have performed. It’s a team that went away to Tottenham and won.


“They were competitive at Liverpool before a couple of errors made the scoreline go away [from them] a little bit.

“They’ve got good players, St James’ Park is a hostile place and the crowd will get behind them and they will want to use that in a positive way.”

It is expected to be a smaller crowd in comparison to the previous games Brighton have played in front of at St James’ Park in the recent past, but those in the ground will surely have a big role to play.

Of course, it is up to the players to give them something to rally behind, and if Newcastle can come out of the blocks in style, there is no reason why they cannot put in a good performance, and end it with a win.

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