Maupay thrilled with birthday strike

Striker says opening-day goal was for his young daughter.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
The striker opened his account for the campaign with a poacher's finish from Jakub Moder's cross.

Neal Maupay dedicated his birthday goal to his two-month-old daughter after helping Albion to their opening-day win over Burnley.

On his 25th birthday, Albion’s top scorer for the last two seasons got his account up and running with the equaliser in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Turf Moor.

“It was a bit sad yesterday to be at the hotel and today be away from my family, I’ve got a two-month-old daughter now so I can’t spend my birthday with her but I’m so happy. The goal was definitely for her,” said the Frenchman.

It was an eventful afternoon for Maupay, who felt he was fouled by Burnley scorer James Tarkowski in the build-up to their second-minute opener.


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Referees have been directed to allow more physical contact this season, but Maupay still felt he was barged over by the Burnley defender. Referee David Coote consulted VAR but the goal was allowed to stand.

“It was 100% a foul,” said Maupay. “But it’s part of the game, and the reaction was really good from me and the team and maybe in the next game a decision will go for us.

“I thought we played great in the second half. It was a big three points for us.”