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LOCADIA DELIGHTED TO GET OFF THE MARK

17 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jurgen Locadia celebrates after scoring against Coventry City.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Jurgen Locadia was thrilled to score on his debut for the club in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Coventry City at the Amex Stadium.

The Dutch forward took just 15 minutes of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie to find the back of the net and he was full of praise for the side as a whole after the Seagulls advanced to the last eight of the competition. 

He said, “I thought we played very well – we kept the ball well and created a lot of chances.

"We played very well and created a lot of chances, I had two opportunities to score, but all in all it was a good showing for our side.

“I thought I had scored with my first touch but unfortunately it hit the post! But I was sharp with the second chance and I’m delighted to score.”

The club-record signing fired home from just inside the area after a cross from Anthony Knockaert, and the January arrival discussed the movement involved in the strike as well as his positional play on the field.

"For my goal I knew I needed to anticipate the movement ahead of me.

“Leonardo [Ulloa] made some good movement for the first goal. He made a movement to the front post and I waited for the ball behind him. 

“It's natural for me to move out to the left side and Solly [March] knows that, so we can switch positions well.

"The plan was to play until I was tired and I thought that was going to happen in the first half! 

“My hamstring is good, but I've trained very hard on it. My general fitness will always improve with the more matches I play – I’ve been working hard on my physical training as well.” 

It was the first time Locadia had taken to the field for the Albion, and having already been introduced to the home supporters at the Amex Stadium back in January, he admitted that pulling on the shirt and making his first appearance on the south-coast was a great feeling. 

"The atmosphere was amazing. I saw against Chelsea how the fans were, but playing on the field was a crazy feeling.

“We now have an opportunity to play at Wembley, it's crazy and we just have to win one more game. 

"Everything is new for me, so to play at Wembley Stadium would be fantastic.”


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