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KNOCKAERT HAILS TEAM EFFORT AFTER AWARD WIN

25 April 2017

Albion's winger highlighted the collective effort involved after winning his award.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert was delighted to be chosen as the club’s 2016/17 Player of the Season at last night’s awards ceremony, and praised the team effort that helped him throughout the season.

The Frenchman has scored 15 goals and claimed nine assists for the Seagulls so far this season, and he showed his appreciation to the fans after claiming 36% of the vote to add his name to a long list of Albion winners.

He said, “It means a lot, especially when you know it’s from the fans. They recognised how much I’ve worked this season, but this trophy goes to my team-mates and the club as well.

“The football club has been through so much, and if I’m here today, it’s because of them as well. I couldn’t have done what I did this season if they weren’t behind me.

“I respect everybody so much and will never forget what they did for my dad. It’s been an amazing season personally, but it’s credit to them because I’ll never forget the respect they showed me.”

Knockaert spoke about his commitment to improve, following the loss of his father during the season, and is now focused on making him proud with his performances in the Premier League.

“You put everything into your job and give everything you can to make people proud. That’s what my dad wanted, so every minute I’m on the pitch, I give everything for him.

“You can have some bad days, but I always give everything to try and be the best. I lost my dad this season but he wanted me to be a good professional.

“Every day I try and work so hard for him. Hopefully I’ll now have a great time in the Premier League and show everyone that my dad wasn’t wrong.

“I’ve gained so much experience. When you get older, you get better and better, both mentally and physically. You realise how lucky you are to be a footballer.”

Knockaert turned his attention to securing the Sky Bet Championship title against Bristol City on Saturday, and expressed his desire to go up as champions for Albion manager Chris Hughton.

“It’s the main thing now. We’ll prepare for Saturday like we always do, there’s no more pressure for us now and it’s just about getting three points.

“Hopefully we can do it and show everyone that we deserve it this season. When the season started, all the people in England expected Newcastle to be champions, but we’ve shown the quality in our team.

“We need to give credit to the gaffer, because he’s been amazing with us. He’s a top man that deserves a lot of respect. If we do it, we’ll be so happy for him.”

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