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Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)

Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)

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Graham Potter (Nick Potts/PA)

Graham Potter would count Premier League survival as a successful first season at Brighton.

The Seagulls are all-but safe with two games to play but can make mathematical certainty with a point at home to Newcastle this evening.

Manager Potter introduced a new playing style after being appointed last summer and his side have already earned more points than they did last season but Potter is aware the main priority was always top-flight safety.

"We're one of a lot of clubs where you start the season and your aim is to maintain your status in the Premier League," he said. "When you come in and you are changing (the style) as we've seen historically that's not so easy to do. You can change too quickly or change the wrong way and it can be destabilising.

"Our job is to try and finish the season off and then if we can stay in the Premier League then I think it's a success. Then it's about building, trying to improve year on year, again with the greatest respect to the Premier League because it's so competitive and no one has got a divine right to be here."

Brighton vs Newcastle Utd

Premier League:

Amex Stadium, Today, 6.00pm

Belfast Telegraph