It was a memorable evening for the Albion winger.
Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert reflected on a particularly emotional goal against Birmingham City, and felt the strike was the perfect way to honour his late father.
Knockaert’s dad, Patrick, died last month, and the Frenchman was delighted to dedicate Albion’s equaliser to him in the Seagulls’ 2-1 win over the Blues on Saturday.
He told Seagulls Player HD, “It’s a great feeling, especially as it’s my first goal since my dad passed away, and I dedicated that to him because I immediately thought of him.
“It was important for me to score again and have this feeling, especially for my dad, and I’m sure he’s proud of me.
“I believed 100 per cent that we could score another [goal] afterwards and we did it. It wasn’t easy for us to win, but there are no easy games in the Championship.
“The most important thing was to get the three points and I’m glad that the lads had the character to get back into the game.”
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The Frenchman praised Albion’s endeavour in pushing for a late winner and says the team are taking little notice of the eight-point gap between themselves and third-placed Reading.
“You saw the way we wanted to score the second one after the first. We could’ve sat back and played for a draw, but we wanted the win.
“We have to stay focused and not look backwards. It’s all about looking forwards and if we keep following Newcastle, then we’ve got a great chance to go up.
“They are doing very well and are the strongest team in this division. If we keep following them, we’ll be there at the end.”