Brighton & Hove Albion forward Jurgen Locadia highlighted the grit and determination the side showed, as his goal sparked a memorable comeback victory over Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Dutchman came on for the final 20 minutes against the Lions and halved the deficit with 88 minutes played, and spoke about quickly coming to terms with the electric atmosphere in The Den.
He said, “I didn’t expect it to be like this, it’s a new experience from me. Thumbs up to the fans that travelled for us and it’s a big team performance.
“We showed that [character] in a lot of games, but it was very important for us to show it again on Sunday.
“I came into a very intense game against a very intense Millwall. You’ve just got to play your game and show the quality that you’ve got.
“It [the goal] was a great finish, but the team performance is more important.”
Locadia also spoke about the importance of holding his nerve after successfully netting from the spot in the shoot-out, and looked ahead to a tantalising FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
“I’ve played in a penalty shoot-out in the Champions League when we beat Atletico, so I’m used to it and you’ve just got to go there and score the penalty. That’s the only job you’ve got.
“It’s a difficult draw, but you’ve got to go there and enjoy the game. It’s a new experience for everybody to go to Wembley, as well as our fans and our family.
“City are a good team, but you’ve got to enjoy the game and not think about other too many other things.”