Date: 16th October 2017 at 9:12am
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Anthony Knockaert has been reflecting on his first ever Premier League goal in Brighton’s draw with Everton this weekend.

Hosting Ronald Koeman’s side at the Amex Stadium for the tie, Knockaert gave Brighton the lead in the 82nd minute of the game and we looked set to register another win for the campaign until Everton equalised late on with Wayne Rooney penalty.

Speaking to the Official Site as the Frenchman met with the press following the game, Knockaert dedicated the strike to his late father.

‘It was special. It was my first Premier League goal and obviously I thought about my dad, because I know he would have loved to have seen that. It was really emotional. Straight away I thought about him and this goal was for him. I wish I could have brought three points to my team today, but it wasn`t to be. We take a point against a tough team, so it`s still a good point.’

Speaking more about the game itself, Knockaert admitted Brighton had to be patient against a stubborn Everton defence, but having got the breakthrough, conceding late on was obviously very disappointing.

‘I’m disappointed, because we will not always have such a good opportunity to take three points. We gave them the goal and should’ve done better at the end. We had to be patient because they`re a top side, and I think we did brilliantly until the end when we conceded the penalty. We are a tough team to beat at home – we showed that again on Sunday. It’s just the end of the game that we are disappointed about. We have another tough test against West Ham next week.’

With Izzy Brown having an opportunity to double our advantage before the penalty, Knockaert preferred to put the game into perspective as we faced big spending Everton and we’re disappointed with a point and for him that shows the ambition of the club following promotion and builds on a decent start to the year.

‘If you miss chances, you can get punished straight away. We will learn from that, but if you look at our start to the season, it`s not been bad, we`ve played some really good teams. My goal could’ve brought three points to the team, but obviously we conceded a poor one at the end. But it`s still a good point to take against a strong Everton team. We`ve managed to get eight points from eight games, so it`s a good start and we have to keep on going. We`ve showed our character and now it`s up to us to keep going.’

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