Brighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone is loving life on the south coast after scoring his third goal for the club in Saturday’s 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Seagulls advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup thanks to goals from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and the Romanian, and the latter reflected on his passionate celebration with the travelling supporters during the second half.
He said, “It’s my style and I live for those moments, I’m very happy because it will give me confidence as a striker to score.
“I feel a real connection with the fans, I think they love me, that’s the feeling I get, and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement to the team.”
“The win is good for us and it was important for a lot of the squad to get good game time this afternoon.
“We played very well and deserved the victory, the feeling when I scored was crazy – sometimes you lose yourself in the moment after getting a goal and that’s what happened.
The win over the Cherries means Chris Hughton’s side are now unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions, and Andone stressed the need to maintain the current form, as well as reflecting on the competition for places in his position on the field.
“We’re in good form in the league and won today, this is the way to continue.
“For me personally, I work hard every day in training in a very competitive squad – both me and Glenn [Murray] push one another and get on really well.
“Our relationship is great – he’s a really good guy, this is the way we must continue – the group is very close and strong. It doesn’t matter who is playing and who isn’t, because the team is very competitive.”
Next on the agenda for Albion is Liverpool at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the forward optimistically looked ahead to the forthcoming sequence of matches.
“We have some tough matches to come, but we will see what happens.
“We’re on a little unbeaten run now and that’s important for our confidence. We know that Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world at the moment but it’s at our ground with our fans and we’ll do our very best.
“We’ll also have the next game in the cup to come too – we will see, in Spain I didn’t play too much in the cups, but I did score in the Spanish Cup once, so that’s both competitions now for me.”