Graham Potter has admitted he didn’t really enjoy watching Albion grind out one of their better results of the season.

But was happy to take the point at Sheffield United.

He would also love to see his Seagulls side maintain their unbeaten away record into the truncated close season.

Albion have set a new club record in the top flight by remaining unbeaten in six consecutive away games.

Not bad considering the run started from the unpromising foundation of a 3-1 deficit at West Ham well into the second half.

Potter does not necessarily agree that his side have set out to be more pragmatic on their travels in the later part of the season.

But he accepts the 1-1 draw with Bramall Lane was not pretty.

Potter said: “Sheffield United was probably the worst we played but it was a battling performance.

“I wouldn’t say it was a conscious decision, we had a tricky period.

“It was probably around that period in Tenerife (when some players were pictured with balloons).

“We were trying to get points and playing against teams where we have to battle.

“I didn’t enjoy that one too much but we got a really valuable point.

“At Wolves, we played quite well and their defensive structure is so hard to break down but we were resilient and hard to beat.

“We tried to do that all season. We tried to be balanced in attack and defence.

“It’s human nature that, as things come a little more towards the end, it gets more tense and gets a little more wary of the result.

“It’s then not as free-flowing as you would like but you need to get the points to keep you in the Premier League.

“It’s important not to change the playing style too quickly.

“If results go against you, that can destabilise the whole project.”

Potter does not see the season finale as a chance to experiment.

Alex Cochrane was on the bench against Newcastle on Monday after senior left-back Bernardo reported an eye infection.

There is no indication that Cochrane will be given a run out at Turf Moor.

Potter said: “It’s a game we want to try and win, of course, and we want to be competitive and try to finish the season as well as we can.

“If we go up there and be experimental, it could be trouble.

“We want to try and win the game and do our best.

“Premier League points are so important but so hard to get.

“Alex was on the bench because Bernardo was struggling with his eye but also because Alex deserved to be there.

“He has done really well and he has a fantastic attitude with us and he has quality so that’s another good thing from his perspective.

“We will see how we go and see what we have to do to try and win the game against a difficult opponent.”

There is a bit to play for with prize money available for each finishing position.

Unless any adjustment has been made due to the Covid cash crisis, that means £1.9 million is at stake for Albion as they aim to move from 16th up to 15th above West Ham.

Burnley could move up or down one place and that will mean a bit more this year.

Potter said: “Everybody has been affected. Finances have been challenged at this level as throughout football.

“We’re the same as everybody. If we can get a better position which means we can get a bit more money, a bit more resources, then that’s great for us.

“That is what we are trying to do.”