Anthony Knockaert believes Brighton’s next two home games are far more important to the club than an FA Cup final would have been. The Seagulls were denied a place in the FA Cup final after being edged out 1-0 by Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.
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Now all the focus for Chris Hughton’s side is on their next two league games, with the south-coast outfit battling for their top-flight survival. Albion host Bournemouth on Saturday and Cardiff on Tuesday and Knockaert is fully aware of the importance of those two encounters.
“These games are bigger than Wembley and we knew that anyway,” he told the Argus. “Wembley was a gala game, a showpiece for us which we just wanted to enjoy. “We did that – especially with that performance. But the next two games are more important than that game. “Even if we were through to the final, we would be saying the same.”