Returning midfielder Andrew Crofts admitted there was no better feeling than coming off the bench to help Brighton & Hove Albion to three points at Leeds United yesterday.
He made his comeback after 12 months out with a second cruciate injury, when he replaced Liam Rosenior on the hour mark, and helped Albion clinch a vital late win.
Crofts said, "It is great to be back and even better to get the three points. I have been itching to get on in recent weeks, but to get on at Leeds and get three points, there is no better feeling.
"It has been great that the team started the season so well, as that gave me that extra bit of time with the team flying, but getting out there today was such a good feeling. There is still a long way to go, but today was a step in the right direction."
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Crofts paid tribute to the support he's had from his family, adding, "My family have been unbelievable, especially my wife and two children in helping me through this, especially in those early days.
"They saw those early days when I was in pain and that it was going to be a long way back, and they helped me through those dark days.
"Tuesday will be a very tough game, but it would be a dream to get back onto the pitch at the Amex.
"The memories and thoughts of playing at the Amex have driven me on through the dark days and if I can get out there against Bristol City at some point, I will be really happy."
Meanwhile Crofts led the plaudits for teammate Zamora, after he scored his first goal of his second spell at the club at Elland Road.
"Everyone knows what Bobby Zamora is all about, and that exactly why he is here; to come and do that. At the time he showed such a calm head, it was such a good finish and three points is massive.
"We are not getting carried away, we know what this division is about, and we want to keep taking care of business, and we will do everything we can to do that."