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11 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert roars in celebration at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert recovered from an injury in pre-season to make his Premier League debut against Manchester City as a second-half substitute on the opening day of the season.

The Frenchman’s first start came against Watford at Vicarage Road, and it was an eventful game for the 26-year-old, as he struck the woodwork for the Seagulls and was involved in Miguel Britos’s red card.

The winger had little success in front of goal in the opening weeks of the season, but his hard-working performances helped the team to victories over West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.

Knockaert passionately celebrated his first Premier League goal of the season, when he gave the Seagulls a 1-0 lead over Everton at the Amex Stadium, but Wayne Rooney’s penalty levelled the game.

Chris Hughton regularly selected the Frenchman on the right side of Albion’s four-man midfield, as he linked up with Bruno and Ezequiel Schelotto down the flank.

His second strike of the campaign came against AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, as he dispatched in the fifth minute of the game - but again, the contest ended all square on the south coast.

Swansea City visited the Amex in February and the winger hit his third and final goal of the campaign to put the Seagulls 3-0 ahead, in a game which finished 4-1 to Hughton’s team.

A red card at Goodison Park put Knockaert out of the action for trips to Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup and back-to-back home fixtures against Huddersfield Town and Leicester City.

Knockaert returned as a half-time substitute at Selhurst Park, and then featured for 90 minutes in each of Albion’s final five Premier League games of the season.

The lively wide man worked tirelessly down the right flank with Bruno to help the Seagulls to draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, before the 1-0 victory against Manchester United which secured safety.

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