Brighton & Hove Albion striker Victor Gyokeres was delighted with his brace, as Seagulls advanced to the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final on Friday night.
Albion's under-23s triumphed 3-0 over Middlesbrough under the lights at the Amex, courtesy of two goals from the Swedish forward and a strike from Henrik Bjordal - with all the goals coming in the second half.
He said, “It’s great to get the win and get into the final because we knew it would be a tough game against a well-organised side.
“But we knew we’re in good shape and we knew we could get to the final, so I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to do that.
“At half time when it was level ,we knew we had to keep playing and believing that we’d get chances in the final third – both myself and the team, so it was nice to be rewarded in the second half.”
Gyokeres netted two stylish strikes against the Teesiders to make it eight goals in seven matches, having joined up with Albion in January following a September transfer from IF Brommapojkarna, and he discussed his eye-catching form.
“I'm pleased with my form at the moment – and it’s much easier when the team are playing really well together.
“We’ve reached two finals now and that give us a chance to continue this positive run of results.
“Hopefully we can do ourselves proud.”
The 19-year-old admits he has been surprised with how quickly he's settled into life at Brighton, but remains grounded and is willing to bide his time in a bid to break into the first team.
“I never thought it would go this well, but it wasn't something I thought about too much.
“For me it was about being a part of the team and moving here for my career – to hit the ground running is great for me.
“I know I have to keep working hard to get my chance in the first team – I hope they do well at Burnley and stay up and then someday hopefully I’ll get my chance.”