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Burnley’s season ended in defeat and gave Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter a win on his first visit to Turf Moor since taking over the hot seat at the Amex Stadium.

Potter was pleased too with his team’s performance. “It was a really satisfying performance and result and an important three points for us to finish the season,” he said. “We wanted to end it strongly and three points here have come against a team that aren’t easy to take points off. I am delighted for the players. It’s the reward for the work they have done and it’s nice to finish ahead of the break with a win.

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“The only chance they had in the first half was the one they scored from. Alexis (Mac Allister) could have scored and Neal Maupay hit the bar, but I was quite happy with how we played in the first 45 minutes.

“I am delighted with the three points because they are hard to come by in the Premier League. Credit to the players, they were fantastic from the start and overall I felt we deserved the win.”

Sean Dyche felt we could have got something from the game but wasn’t happy with some of the VAR decisions that went against us. “I thought we deserved something, but VAR has certainly gone against us today,” he said. “I think you can pick the bones out of the decisions. People will have different opinions, but we’ve come out of the wrong side.

“From the corner, I think Jόhann is impeding the keeper, and although he’s never getting there to save that, I can see why he’s given it because if that’s at the other end, I’d want that. The ball for their second goal goes out of play down the line and it’s not given, and although we didn’t defend it well after that, it’s still a decision that went against us. And then the penalty against Jay Rod.

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“Some of the penalties I see given in this division are a disaster. You can touch their ear and their legs buckle, but Jay goes across someone with good centre forward play and their lad brings him down. We see those given all the time and I’d be surprised if people thought that wasn’t a penalty, but we haven’t got a good record of being given them, that’s for sure.”

Unlike a lot of us, he added: “I remain a fan of VAR, but it needs tidying up and after lockdown it seems to have taken a turn. But I just think that’s a couple of hard ones against us today.”

He saw goalkeeper Nick Pope miss out on the Golden Glove and said: “It took a ‘worldy’ to beat Nick today, but we’ve delivered another good performance. We’ve kept knocking on the door to try and get something from the game, but credit to Brighton, who got the win. But credit also to my players. They have been enormous since lockdown, with all the challenges we’ve had on and off the pitch. They haven’t batted an eyelid; they’ve just got on with it and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“We wanted that next point to see that one through, but you can get greedy in this game. From where we were before this run of results when people were asking questions about myself and the players, to where we are now, there’s a massive difference.

“The season’s work has been enjoyable. It’s been tough, as it always is in the Premier League, but they deserve enormous credits and they never make excuses, and I couldn’t be prouder. I like the calmness shown by my staff and the belief in the players and the way they have gone about things is fantastic. It’s been another very strong season and the players deserve some of the accolades that come their way.”

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