The Albion winger backed his team-mates to reach the Premier League.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert believes his team-mates can replicate the way his former club Leicester City bounced back from disappointment to secure promotion to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old missed out on promotion with the Foxes in 2012/13, but reached the top flight of English football the following campaign, and Knockaert is confident that Albion can achieve a similar feat.
He said, ”We had to win that last game of the season [v Middlesbrough]. You know when you are that close, you want to do it but we couldn’t.
"I was hurting but the same thing happened with me at Leicester. I missed a penalty against Watford and the year afterwards, we went up.
"It can be exactly the same situation this season and hopefully it will. That's what we're trying to do because of our experience last year.
“We want to do it so much; all the lads have got a big desire to do it, and with this team spirit and this group, it would be the best thing ever."
The Seagulls can move 12 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town with victory over Birmingham City this evening, and Knockaert highlighted the importance of tightening their position in the top two.
“We're going to do everything we can to win this trophy but if we finish second, 15 points behind Newcastle, I will be happy.
"I'm not scared to say it, because you know how much this club would love to be in the Premier League.
"You know how long they've been trying to do it, they've been in the play-offs a few times recently and have always lost, so it doesn't matter what position we finish.
"Whether it's first or second, as long as we do it, the club will be happy.”
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Knockaert admitted he’s a lively character within Albion’s dressing room, and expressed the importance of remaining happy both on and off the pitch.
"I'm exactly the same. Beram Kayal was saying 'How come you have this energy at 9am?' But I'm like that.
"You are only going to live once and you just have to enjoy your life and be happy every day. That’s what I'm trying to do, especially in football when you have a great chance.
"We have to smile every day and realise the chance we have. If you don't then, it's not respectful to people who are not as lucky in their lives.”
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