Brighton & Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert believes a positive start against Tottenham Hotspur will be important if Chris Hughton’s side are to take points from today’s Premier League fixture at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls have gone 2-0 down in consecutive matches against Fulham and Southampton, and Knockaert insists the team cannot afford to make the same mistake again, when Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel south.
He said, “It’s massive in the Premier League to score first - it wasn’t to be for us in the last two games, but we showed desire to come back twice in a row.
“We take those points and they’ll probably be massive come the end of the season. Now we have a big game coming up against Tottenham at home.
“We’ve got a great opportunity to do something on Saturday. Tottenham are going through a difficult period at the moment, so maybe it’s the best moment to take them on and win the game.
“We have to go out and perform, especially at home in front of our fans. I know we’ll be straight on it, on the front foot - it’s going to be important for us to start the game well.
“It will be another big test, but at least we can say we’ve already played three of the bigger teams. Hopefully we can score first and then finish the job.”
The 26-year-old provided an assist for Glenn Murray when the Seagulls were last at the Amex, and the Frenchman praised his experienced team-mate, who has already fired four goals in the Premier League this season.
“It’s amazing to see a player like Glenn at his age. There’s not many players that can still play in the Premier League at 34.
“It’s a position where you have to be consistent all of the time, work hard and also score goals. That’s exactly what Glenn does.
“We know his qualities and know how to use him. He’s such a great guy as well, so he deserves everything that he gets.
“I’m sure he will score more this season, because he’s just there every time in the right place at the right moment. He’s a typical English striker that score goals and does his job properly.”
Knockaert also identified the progression made by the club in recent years, and although he can envisage great things in the future, he maintains that remaining in the Premier League has to be the priority.
“If you’re realistic, we just have to focus on the main objective, which is staying up. But it’s a club going forward and you’ve seen that over the past few years.
“The owner has spent a lot of money for a club that was still in the Championship two years ago. It’s a really good club, a family club. Everyone loves each other and you don’t see that everywhere.
“There are clubs going through difficult periods, but everything is right here. The players are over the moon when we see what the club does for us.
“It’s a really good club and you feel really confident to be part of it. I can see this club going forward, but playing in Europe would be a dream.
“The goal for us, if we’re being realistic, is to stay in the league again. If we do it, the club can go forward and start thinking about the next step.”