Albion head coach Graham Potter has thanked fans for their support in the 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Monday night.

It was the first time supporters have been allowed to the Amex for a Premier League game since the end of February.

There were only a limited amount of fans in attendance at the game with 2,000 being the maximum amount that the Seagulls were allowed with them being in Tier 2.

That figure was spread across the East Lower and the North Stand.

It was not the dream return that Albion would have hoped to give the fans with it ending in defeat.

But, despite the result, Potter thought that the fans had a good impact on his side.

He said: “I think it was a positive. It was great for us to have the supporters there and I thought they were great.

“They got behind the team, I thought they brought an atmosphere, I thought they encouraged the lads.

“So, I am delighted to have them back, we have missed them and are looking forward to having them back again.”

Albion fans will have to wait until December 20 for their next chance to watch them at the Amex, when they face Sheffield United.

Fans who are in priority group one can start trying to secure a ticket when they go on sale this morning (9am).