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IZQUIERDO'S SELF-BELIEF IN FRONT OF GOAL

25 October 2017

Bennett Dean
Jose Izquierdo curls home against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo revealed his confidence to unleash a long-distance strike, after scoring his first goal for the club in last Friday’s 3-0 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The Colombian cut in off the left wing to curl the ball past Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart from outside the penalty area, and he spoke about his efforts to find the back of the net, while also helping his team defend.

He said, “I hope this will be the first goal of many. All I had in my mind was to shoot, because it is one of my best attributes. I’m glad I had an opportunity to show it on Friday.

“It’s difficult, but it’s part of football [defending] and my position too. I play out wide and I must help the defence, because we’re playing away and we have to keep defending well.

“The most important thing is to help the team going forward and backwards. The spirit in this team is unbelievable and we work for every ball in defence and attack. That’s why we took the points.”

Albion’s victory in east London was their first away from home this season, and Izquierdo spoke about the team’s hard-working mentality, while praising their quality across the pitch.

“We’re working hard to stay in the Premier League, which is our first goal and then we will see what happens.

“We have a big team with big players and we showed what quality we have in the team on Friday. When we play, we can play!

“It was an excellent opportunity [v West Ham] and we showed 100 per cent. They had lots of crosses, but we had the most important opportunities and we took them.

“We work hard every week to give 100 per cent at the weekend and we showed that on Friday.”

The former Club Brugge man also commented on his first couple of months in the city of Brighton, and expressed the happiness he’s felt since moving to England in August.

“I like Brighton and the people. The club received me very well, we have a very big training ground and have everything there, so I’m very happy.”


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