Graham Potter says his Albion players know they are far from safe - as they enjoy a timely break in fixtures.

The Seagulls have extended their lead over 18th place from two points to six since action resumed after a 15-week break.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith yesterday said Albion could yet be hauled back into the thick of the survival scrap.

That will not concern Potter’s squad, who see themselves as a long way from safe – even though they are confident they will stay up.

Potter said: “We still need to carry on, we still need points ourselves.

“We are in a good place in terms of four points from two difficult games in a short space of time.

“That is positive for us but every game is hard.”

Villa are the next team in action in terms of the bottom six as they host Wolves tomorrow.

Albion, who had to dig in towards the end of a 0-0 draw at Leicester, are now in recovery mode as they build towards the visit of Manchester United on Tuesday.

Head coach Potter said: “It has been all or nothing.

“It has been a short turn around, especially the emotional game that Saturday was (versus Arsenal).

“It was a warm night (at Leicester) and we had to dig in and we did it really well.

“We are happy and we have to carry on.”