BRIGHTON manager Graham Potter has has backed winless Burnley to come through their tough start, and warned his players not to underestimate their opponents ahead of Friday night's meeting at the Amex.

Brighton themselves have had a tricky opening to the 2020/21 campaign and are without a win since September. But Burnley are worse off, with just one point from their opening six games and sit bottom of the Premier League pile.

However, Potter says it will be to their peril if the Seagulls show any signs of complacency against the Clarets.

"It is not for me to comment on how people interpret situations," he said.

"They have some good players and we know all about their qualities and strengths and weaknesses, like any team.

"But if you underestimate them, you write them off at your peril."

And Burnley boss Sean Dyche is a big factor in Potter not taking anything for granted when it comes to the Clarets' run when the teams go head-to-head tomorrow.

"He has done a wonderful, amazing job (in terms of) where the club were to where they are now," he said.

"How they play, they mix the game up well, they can play direct but have footballers who can play well.

"They have a top manager and they have the attributes to come through this patch."

Meanwhile, Potter has referred to "an incident" when discussing Neal Maupay's omission for last weekend's loss at Tottenham.

French striker Maupay missed the 2-1 Premier League defeat on Sunday for what Potter initially described as tactical reasons.

Reports subsequently emerged claiming Maupay had been involved in a heated incident with a colleague and of concerns about the player's attitude.

Potter was unwilling to give details at today's press conference but said the matter had now been dealt with.

"Sometimes mistakes are made and tempers are high and people are frustrated and emotional. You want that to a certain extent, we are in professional sport at the highest level," the Brighton boss said.

"Sometimes the line gets crossed and it is about how you react to that. There is no problem with Neal. It is something we have dealt with as an incident. You move forward from it.

"He's training with the group. He accepts it wasn't his finest hour but he's a young man that's going to make mistakes, like we all do and have done.

"He then takes responsibility for them. We move forward as a group and are stronger for it."

Maupay, who has scored four goals this season, will be back in the squad for Friday's home clash with Burnley.

Potter said: "He has been training with the group. He's available for selection."