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23 September 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert believed that the side did enough to deserve something from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium. 

The Frenchman notched his first goal of the 2018/19 campaign against Mauricio Pochettino’s men and had chances to find the back of the net on more than one occasion – and he reflected honestly on the contest.

He said, “We’re a bit disappointed because we didn’t play the way we know we can in the first half.

“We were a bit deep and then conceding the penalty didn’t help us – but we came in at half time and talked about we needed to press higher. 

“We did that and had chances in the second half – I had a chance and if I scored, it would have been a different game, I feel like we could have got something from the game today.”

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The side fell two goals behind for the second game in six days following Monday evening’s 2-2 draw against Southampton at St Mary’s - the midfielder compared the two matches, as well as assessing his own performance.

“I think it was different to Monday evening when we were behind against Southampton – we were away from home and you can’t press as high.

“The start wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t to be and it’s part of the game – it was a good reaction in the second half.

“I managed to get one and could have had two – but the chance I missed at the start is the important one – but now I need to rest and recover ahead of next weekend because in football there is always a next game.”

Shortly after the restart on Saturday, Knockaert twisted and turned into the area before seeing a close-range effort saved by Paulo Gazzaniga in the away goal - he conceded that a different approach to the opportunity would have seen him find the net, and also reserved thanks and praise for the support of Albion fans over the last week. 

“The chance was one where I did everything perfectly apart from the shot – I tried to secure it for my right foot. 

“I thought it was the right thing to do but the keeper didn’t move – if I had gone either side it would probably have gone in. 

“It was a nice game for me because of the support I’ve had recently, the fans are really behind me here and I’ve known them for a long time – unfortunately we couldn’t give them a win they wanted today.” 

Supporters can watch the midfielder's full look back on yesterday's game with Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium above on Seagulls TV - and fans can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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