Graham Potter was convinced Neal Maupay would open his home goalscoring account for Albion.

It turns out his faith was repaid sooner rather than later by the French striker signed this summer.

The head coach is equally confident the home successes will start to come for his team.

His belief should be reassuring for a home support of whom many clapped their side off at the end of this frustrating draw.

That is the third time that has happened at the Amex this season.

But a haul of two points from nine means there will be a collective sigh of relief when that next landmark – a home win – is achieved.

After an uncertain start, the Seagulls were probably worth three points this time.

Maupay’s nicely controlled volley from a Solly March chip across goal should have been a big step towards that.

But Jeff Hendrick’s unerring finish from 25 yards after an incisive move out of character with Burnley’s afternoon ruined that script.

It is easy to think Albion are playing too much good football not to start winning matches.

They overcame a slow start, a formation which did not work and some significant absentees to take charge of the game.

Not bad against opponents who cause teams up and down the Premier League table problems on a regular basis.

Maupay’s home goal and the emergence of Adam Webster as a right-back in a four were plusses.

There was certainly enough entertainment to warrant the ovation many home fans gave their side while Burnley were celebrating their bonus point in the sun-kissed South East corner.

But Potter knows what everyone really wants is a victory.

He said: “Of course you want to win your home games.

“I think the important thing is your supporters see a team who are at least trying and giving everything.

“I think they have seen that in the three matches.

“We have played West Ham, Southampton and now Burnley.

“With a bit more luck, we could have had more than two points.

“But we have got what we have got. The supporters have been brilliant to us.

“The atmosphere and the way they get behind us is fantastic.

“It goes without saying we would like to win for them and for ourselves because we are trying hard, I think you can see that. But it will come.”

For 20 minutes or so, Burnley looked what they are – a settled, organised unit who have been together for some time.

Albion, meanwhile, were uncertain with three changes plus some positional switches.

Leandro Trossard’s absence was expected but it turned out Martin Montoya had gone down with tonsillitis and Bernardo suffered a knock in training.

Potter said: “Monty missed the last couple of days’ training so we were aware there was a chance he couldn’t play.

“So not last minute, middle of the week.

“He started with a fever and ended up with tonsillitis.

“We were hopeful that the fever was just going to go but it didn’t and Leo as well was a bit of rejig for us.

“Probably that reflects in the first 20 minutes of our performance.”

Burnley, with Dwight McNeil causing problems down their left, might have edged in front early on.

But home fans were treated to one of the think-on-your-feet tactical rejigs for which Potter has become known as he moved his pieces to good effect.

Webster went from left centre-back in a three to right-back, March became a more orthodox wideman and Pascal Gross got into the game. It worked.

Potter said: “Sometimes you have to credit the opposition. They started the game well, they did what they do well.

“We got caught maybe in between trying to compete, which we needed to do, and not really being ourselves.

“The back three with Dan as a wing-back and Solly on the right, we didn’t have enough control of the game.

“We didn’t have enough passing options through the centre of the pitch.

“We tried to move Pascal into the middle.

“In the end, maybe a back four was better in terms of being able to draw out their pressure and play through and gain a numerical advantage in midfield.”

Gross was involved in passing moves which saw March and Glenn Murray force first-half saves from Nick Pope.

Maupay tested the keeper at his near post after the break before supplying the finish after Webster made inroads, Davy Propper kept the attack alive and March chose his moment wisely to cross.

Propper later headed over from close range after good work by Murray.

And Aaron Connolly, sent on as a late sub to a terrific welcome, shot off target after his first touch sent him a bit wide.

It was bright, positive and inventive from the home side and their fans lapped it up. They did not even seem to be hanging on or sitting back until very late on.

Then Matej Vydra and fellow sub Hendrick, two old Albion adversaries from Championship days, worked some midfield space before the latter flashed home a shot before he reached the line of five defenders patrolling the edge of the box.

It was tough to take. But then it’s a tough league.

Keep the faith, as one of Potter’s predecessors back in the Withdean days used to say.