Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert says that his Carling Goal of the Month winner against Crystal Palace last month is one of the best during his time in the game so far.
The Frenchman’s spectacular effort at Selhurst Park at the start of March sealed a memorable 2-1 win for Chris Hughton’s men, and the wide man believes it’s one of the best strikes of his career.
He said, “It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored, I remember one against Huddersfield which was a scorpion goal, but this is better.
“I preferred this one because it’s in the Premier League in a game against our rivals, and it turned out to be the goal that won the game.
“It’s one I will always remember – it was a good pass from Dale [Stephens] and I used the time and space to take on the defender and I hit it perfectly - when it went in I was really happy for the fans because it was a special day for them and it was a big three points.
“The time and space I had was perfect, the angle to shoot made me take a chance – my luck was in, and it’s a good goal.”
The match winning effort drew plaudits aplenty, and Knockaert singled out Glenn Murray’s reaction to the goal as being his favourite.
“When you’re a wide player in that sort of position on the pitch the best thing to try and do is contribute goals to the team and try your luck,” he continued.
“My one big memory was Glenn’s reaction on the highlights after the game and that was quite funny. Everyone told me it was a nice goal and they were happy for me.
“It took on more significance because we ended up winning the game, it was the perfect day for the club.”
Knockaert also reflected on his progression as a top-flight player since making his Premier League bow for Leicester City in 2014 and says the division has had a positive impact on his progression.
“I think I’ve developed a lot since my Premier League debut with Leicester City. I’ve grown up a lot since then and that all comes from having experience of this division.
“The quality in this league has improved me, and I just want to keep improving and helping my teammates as much as I can.”