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KNOCKAERT'S EMOTIONAL STRIKE

16 October 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert dedicated his first-ever Premier League goal to his late father, following a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.

The Frenchman fired Albion in front late on with a close-range finish from inside the box, and reflected on a poignant moment in his career.

He said, “It was special. It was my first Premier League goal and obviously I thought about my dad, because I know he would have loved to have seen that.

“It was really emotional. Straight away I thought about him and this goal was for him.

“I wish I could have brought three points to my team today, but it wasn’t to be. We take a point against a tough team, so it’s still a good point."

Knockaert explained how Albion had to bide their time to break through a stubborn Toffees defence, and expressed his frustration at conceding an equaliser late on through Wayne Rooney’s penalty.

"I'm disappointed, because we will not always have such a good opportunity to take three points. We gave them the goal and should've done better at the end.

"We had to be patient because they’re a top side, and I think we did brilliantly until the end when we conceded the penalty.

"We are a tough team to beat at home - we showed that again on Sunday. It's just the end of the game that we are disappointed about. We have another tough test against West Ham next week.”

The Seagulls could have doubled their through Izzy Brown’s strike before Rooney dispatched his spot-kick, but Knockaert put the result into perspective and reflected on a solid start to the campaign.

“If you miss chances, you can get punished straight away. We will learn from that, but if you look at our start to the season, it’s not been bad, we’ve played some really good teams.

“My goal could've brought three points to the team, but obviously we conceded a poor one at the end. But it’s still a good point to take against a strong Everton team.

“We’ve managed to get eight points from eight games, so it’s a good start and we have to keep on going. We’ve showed our character and now it’s up to us to keep going.”


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