Knockaert: Four cup finals to come

Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed celebrate. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst.

Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed celebrate. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst.

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Winger Anthony Knockaert says Albion will approach their final four league games like cup finals.

The Seagulls moved back into the top two of the Championship last night with a 5-0 win at home to Fulham and will seal an automatic promotion place with victory in their last four games.

Brighton have won three successive games in a ten-match unbeaten run and Knockaert said: “It’s a good time for us, we just want to carry on and work as hard as we can. There’s four games to go and four cup finals.

“That’s how we need to approach every game, just to carry on and keep working hard for the team.

“There is no inner-pressure. We know what we have to do to go up. We need to carry on, work as we did today and just play the game like that.

“We’re in a good position and it’s in our hands, we have to carry on and do the maximum we can.”

A crowd of 28,505 watched the match last night and Knockaert said: “The support has been incredible. Our fans have been unbelievable all season and we need them as well for the last four games and I’m sure they will be there.”

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton praised his side’s performance and said: “I thought it was an excellent all-round performance. It didn’t seem that way after the first 20 minutes where I thought we took a while to get to grips with the way they were playing.

“When we did get the ball back, we gave it away too easily in that first period but goals change games. I thought from the moment we scored and inparticular after the second goal, we looked very good.”

Hughton is hoping his side can remain in the hunt for a top-two finish heading into the final two games and said: “I’d like to think we can be right in there. We’ve still got tough games to play but I’d be delighted if we’re in there with a shout come the last two games of the season.”

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