HEAD coach Graham Potter wants Albion to rediscover their Premier League form and connection with supporters at the Amex.

The Seagulls suffered four defeats and a draw in their last five home games under former boss Chris Hughton.

The slump included damaging setbacks against Southampton, Bournemouth and Cardiff as they just avoided relegation.

Albion were only beaten eight times in 33 home matches before the sudden downturn.

Potter told The Argus: "I always say the most important relationship at a football club is the one between the supporters and the players.

"If you can create an environment that is hostile for the opposition, that gives the home team extra, then of course that's what we are all trying to do.

"It's not a one-way thing, we have to provide something as well.

"That I think is the good thing about this club. While there has been a fantastic rise recently, they had a long time not in the Premier League so people understand how hard it is to get there and that every game in the Premier League is difficult and you can lose.

"We need to try to create an environment where we are all together, we are all fighting and the supporters need to see that. We need to give them that as well - they both feed off each other.

"If you can get that positive environment then of course it can help us.

"Unfortunately what happens is you move into a new stadium at a lower level, you get to a point and then the opposition gets harder and harder and it becomes more difficult.

"What we can never forget at this club is what it has been through to get there and how much we have to fight to keep it and stick together."

Potter will experience the Amex for the first time in the closing pre-season friendly against Valencia on August 2 (7pm). The first home league game is against West Ham on August 17.

"All the feedback I've had from anybody that has been there is that the supporters are really behind the team," Potter said. "They are noisy, they help the team at home, so I'm really looking forward to it."