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Jan 18, 2020 at 3pm UK
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Graham Potter reveals he grew up following Aston Villa

:Headline: Graham Potter reveals he grew up following Aston Villa:
The Brighton boss grew up watching the Aston Villa side of the 1980s.
PA | 1mo

Brighton boss Graham Potter is hoping to earn the cold shoulder from his friends by leading his side to victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Solihull-born 44-year-old may have started his career at Birmingham, but he started out as a Villa fan, along with many of his friends.

Brighton currently sit 14th in the table but are only three points clear of Dean Smith's Villa, who occupy the final relegation spot.

But Potter refused to label Villa's trip to the Amex Stadium as a 'six-pointer' despite the poor form of both sides heading into the Premier League clash on the south coast, even if he is ready to get the silent treatment from his pals.

"Most of my friends are Villa fans. So they're not my friends at the moment – at least for this weekend," he said.

"The first team I actually started to get interested in was the Aston Villa side that won the European Cup.

"Most supporters will tell you, 'hang on, you can't be Birmingham and Aston Villa, you've got to be one or the other', but I think I pretty much was – I have to be diplomatic as I'm from Birmingham."

Potter explained that a chance meeting with a pair of Villa's 1982 European Cup winners steered him towards the club during his formative years.

"This is a story that shows how times have changed, because the European Cup winners brought the European Cup to my dad's working men's club," he said.

"And there's a photo at home of my brother actually sat in the cup.

"I think Ken McNaught and Peter Withe came to the Shirley British Legion! I don't think you'd get that these days, would you?

"After that I was interested in Aston Villa. They had players like Gary Shaw and Tony Morley.

"Then, as I got older, I started playing for Birmingham City, went to their centre of excellence and ended up having an affinity for them too."

With one win from their past seven Premier League games, taking three points against Villa could prove significant in helping secure Brighton's top-flight status for another year.

"We know we have to attack and defend well," Potter added.

"They've moved to a back five recently and that can mean it's sometimes tough to create chances.

"They have good players and when you lose the ball they can hurt you, that's just the nature of the Premier League, and so we have to be on our game to get a result.

"It's been nice to have a full week of training after a busy Christmas period and we've had a lot of time for prepare for the game, so we feel good in that respect."

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3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
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11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
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14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
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16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool27261064174779
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester28155854282650
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2856172551-2621
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