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KNOCKAERT PLEASED WITH UPTURN IN FORM

11 February 2017

The Frenchman feels he is getting back to his best.


Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert believes he is on course to have the best season of his career to date, and is delighted to be making a telling contribution on the pitch.

The Frenchman has already scored ten times this season and provided two assists in the dramatic 3-3 draw at Brentford last Sunday.

He said: “If you look at my stats this season, it’s looking like I’ll have the best season since I started my career.

“I had a tough period for about two or three months, which was really hard for me, but I think I’m doing really well this season and I’m obviously really happy to help the team.

“We’re trying to achieve our goals, which is promotion and trying to get into the top two. We’re still in a big position, five points ahead of third with a game in hand, so that’s massive for us.

“We’ve shown in the past that we can get good momentum - going on long runs, winning games and not losing as well - so we just need to keep going and think game by game.”

Knockaert believes his previous experiences in the Sky Bet Championship can help in the club’s push for promotion, and also stressed the importance of returning to winning ways at the Amex.

“I’ve played a lot of games for a man that’s 25 years old. I’ve got a lot of experience in this division, and played two full seasons in it with Leicester.

“I know this division almost off-by-heart, which games will be tough, and even though there are no easy games, I know which games we should win.

“It’s another period that will be important to get things right, if we want to be in the top two at the end. It’s all about confidence and showing what we can do on the pitch.

“We have two home games now and we want to take six points because every game at home must be a win.”

The Frenchman also expressed his support for friend and team-mate, Connor Goldson, after a routine scan revealed the defender has a cardiac issue requiring preventative surgery.

“He helped me a lot. That’s what good friends do. I need to be here for him now.

“We are going to help him until the end and I’m quite confident the operation will go well and he’ll be back to football in a few months.

“I know he is strong enough to get back. I’m not scared about his future. Hopefully we will see him next year in the Prem.”

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