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KNOCKAERT REFLECTS ON AMAZING WEEK

15 April 2017

The match-winning Frenchman looked back on a memorable week.


Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert reflected on a brilliant week after his brace secured a crucial 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

The Frenchman’s two strikes put Albion one step closer to securing a top-two finish, which followed on from him winning the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season accolade at last Sunday’s EFL Awards.

He said: “It’s been an amazing week after collecting my award last week and picking up another three points, it was massive.

“We know we are so close, but it’s up to us and no one else. It’s about what we can do on Monday [v Wigan], and then we’ll see what happens.

“If we win on Monday, then it puts massive pressure on Huddersfield because they know if they drop points then we’ll be in the Premier League mathematically.

“It’s massive for us and we need to keep focusing on our game first, then we’ll see what happens.”

Knockaert felt the timing of his first goal against Wolves was vital and heaped praised on the club’s defenders, who helped keep a 21st clean sheet of the season.

“It was important [the first goal] as it came just before half-time, but we had to keep going, and we knew it was going to be tough in the second half.

“It was up to us to keep a good shape and play on the counter attack, and it was great to score another one.

“That’s massive [number of clean sheets], and it’s almost half a season’s worth of clean sheets.

“It’s incredible and Stocko [David Stockdale] made some great saves again. Everything is going well for us, but the job is not done yet and hopefully it will be on Monday.”

The winger was full of admiration for the 2,787 Albion fans that made the trip to the West Midlands and the electric atmosphere they created inside the stadium.

“That was massive, it was like playing at home today. It’s incredible, they’ve been everywhere this season week-in week-out.

“It’s amazing and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about on Monday and finish the job.”

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