Knockaert dedicates first Premier League goal to his dad

Anthony Knockaert celebrates after scoring against Everton. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)
Anthony Knockaert celebrates after scoring against Everton. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)

Anthony Knockaert dedicated his first-ever Premier League goal to his father on Sunday.

The Albion winger opened the scoring in the 1-1 draw with Everton and immediately thought about his father, Patrick, who died in November last year.

Knockaert said: “I was thinking about my dad straight away because I knew he would have been the proudest man.

“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."

The draw left Albion 14th in the Premier League ahead of Friday's trip to West Ham and Knockaert said: “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.”