Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jose Izqueirdo magnanimously accepted not being credited with a goal in the 1-0 victory away at Newcastle United, and highlighted the importance of gaining three crucial points.
Izquierdo initially looked to have put Albion in front, but Beram Kayal had the decisive final touch before beating Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.
He said, “It’s no problem for me, at least I was very close to scoring!
“I didn’t see that he had touched the ball, there were lots of legs in the box and when the ball came to me to shoot, I didn’t think anyone else touched it.
“It was only afterwards that I found out it went to Beram. The most important thing is that the goal gave us the victory.”
The Colombian made his first start of the season against the Magpies, and is relieved to make a full recovery from a knee injury.
“I’m happy to be back. It was very tough at the start of the season because of my knee injury and I had to come back and get a good feeling in my knee again. The support I’ve had from everyone at the club has been amazing.
“Now it’s important to work hard, and we’re all looking forward to the games coming up at home, but we’ll enjoy this victory first.”
Izquierdo also passed on his best wishes to Glenn Murray, who was stretchered off the pitch with 15 minutes played and expressed his concern when the Seagulls frontman went down.
“First we hope he’s okay, as he’s very important for us. At the beginning, I was worried because it’s never good when you see a team-mate like that.
“It’s always sad when these things happen, but hopefully he’ll be okay.”