Potter’s team saw 10 youth team players make their senior debuts as well as a goal for debutant Haydon Roberts.
the head coach’s line-up did however divide opinion among the Albion faithful. Here’s a balanced selection of what has been written on social media.
Win or draw at Chelsea and all will be tickety-boo, lose badly and the inquest will get intense. Icy Gull
Plucky Brighton side...u18s? Is it concerning you have no squad depth despite being in the PL for 3 years?
£20 for a game that Potter couldn’t have taken less seriously if he’d dressed as a clown and ridden a unicycle around the pitch while giving out balloon animals. The future looks bright - but we wish #BHAFC had treated last night with a little less contempt. We are Brighton
Some players were genuinely unavailable. Others were not. A better balance COULD have been found, but we chose to write off the game. I like Potter. I think he is going to prove a very good appointment for the club, but this line-up went too far. Hans Kraay fan club
Let’s see how we do selling Cup games, especially League Cup games in the future under Potter, because we sent out a very loud and clear message last night. Personally, I won’t be going anywhere near, as I go to watch us try to win a competitive game, not treat it like a pre-season friendly where the result doesn’t matter. Gritt23
Good job there’s no extra time: wouldn’t want the team missing the school bus in the morning @ThickBlueLine
Our defeat will go under the radar due to results elsewhere. Disappointing night really. Seen Haydon Roberts play a few times now & he was a bright spark out there again tonight for me. Fair play to Villa, strong team, good performance, good goals, decent support. @AlbionSmudge
I almost went, but didn’t in the end. Sounds like we did Ok, and a few did very well, including a couple we didn’t know much about before. So all good. Would have liked to win as well, but it was hardly critical and we could have fielded a stronger team, with associated risks, and still not won. highflyer
Everyone wants Potter to play youth in the first team then moans when he gives them a chance in a competition nobody gives a care about? It’s game time to see what they can do to potentially promote to first team squad. @bhafc19