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Brighton manager Graham Potter says he has the “utmost respect” for Sam Allardyce’s 30-year managerial career.
The Seagulls take on 19th-placed West Brom looking to bounce back from their last-gasp 2-1 defeat to rivals Crystal Palace on Monday.
Allardyce took his first role as player-manager of Irish side Limerick in 1991 and was appointed West Brom boss in December, with the Baggies 19th in the table.
“You’re looking at a man with fantastic experience at the highest level. He’s worked at a lot of clubs in the Premier League,” Potter said.
“I remember his Bolton team which was a really exciting side with Jay Jay Okocha. They played really attacking, effective football.
“You can’t have a career that Sam Allardyce has had without being incredibly competent. That’s the truth.
“I have the utmost respect for people with that longevity. Just to survive in this game, you have to respect that.
“He’s not only survived, but he’s improved his teams, improved the players and won football matches.
“When people talk about coaching, to me, that’s it. There’s no right or wrong, there’s no, ‘My way’s better or worse than anybody else’.
“It’s, ‘Have you got a way and do you make it work?’ The answer with Sam’s teams is yes.”
Potter’s side have beaten Tottenham and champions Liverpool in recent weeks, but Monday’s loss, in which Brighton had 25 attempts at goal compared to Palace’s three, left them just four points above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Allardyce believes Brighton’s attacking approach could help kick-start West Brom’s survival bid.
Brighton dominated bitter rivals Crystal Palace on Monday to win general acclaim for their performance.
But two Palace sucker-punches proved costly as Graham Potter’s side suffered a first defeat in seven Premier League games, leaving them in 16th place and only four points above the relegation zone.
“The only reason Brighton are not in the top eight is because they haven’t got a goalscorer,” Allardyce said.
“They create more chances for where they are in the league than any of us in that bottom 10.
“Their attacking play and creating of chances is exceptionally good, but their conversion of chances is their problem.
“When you attack like that it does leave space to expose very quickly, as you saw against Crystal Palace.
“People were saying how did Crystal Palace win with just two shots on target, but it showed some of Brighton’s frailties, what you could do on counter-attacking to a very attacking side.
“The failure to win that game for Brighton must have been very disappointing, particularly on that performance, but what it shows us where those weaknesses may be.”