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Graham Potter praises "really positive" performance in Burnley stalemate

Graham Potter praises
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The Clarets were held 0-0 and sit one place off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Sean Dyche is confident goal-shy Burnley have sufficient firepower to stay in the Premier League after drawing another blank in the goalless draw at Brighton.

The struggling Clarets climbed off the bottom of the table – a point above Sheffield United – but remain winless following an uneventful stalemate at the Amex Stadium.

Dyche's men mustered just a single attempt on target in Sussex and have now failed to find the net in four successive top-flight games.

While the Clarets boss admits improvement is required in front of goal, he feels his team are producing performances to build on and believes fortunes can quickly change.

"It's hard to score goals in the Premier League," said Dyche.

"Our history strongly suggests that we have players who can score goals in the Premier League and sometimes you go through little spells when it's not working for you and suddenly you pop out of them.

"You can't always define those moments but we know that we're short of goals at the moment, we're certainly not hiding from that.

"But it is important we have a base to build from and I think three out of the last four games we've had that base to build from.

"The thing I know about football is you're never as far as away as you think and I don't think we are. But we have to keep adding to these performances to win games."

Brighton forward Danny Welbeck squandered the hosts' best chance on his full debut, while Clarets full-back Matthew Lowton inadvertently struck the crossbar early on.

Seagulls top scorer Neal Maupay, who was recalled after missing last weekend's defeat at Tottenham due to a disciplinary issue, also had a couple of sights of goal but was unable to force a winner.

Albion sit three points above the relegation zone having gone eight matches without a top-flight victory on home soil.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter was disappointed not to take all three points and felt a breakthrough goal was the only thing missing from his team's display.

"It was really positive, I am really happy with a lot of the performance," said Potter.

"We restricted the opponent to not too much at all and had some opportunities ourselves. We pushed and pushed, tried everything, gave everything, good intent.

"The only thing missing was the goal but I can't fault the players in terms of what they gave and the effort.

"I am disappointed with just one point but that's football, we have to stick together, move forward and look forward to the next one.

"Over the course of the game we probably did enough to score but that's how it is sometimes."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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