Pascal Struijk: It’s the most important goal I’ve scored

Pascal Struijk: It’s the most important goal I’ve scored

Defender on Brighton & Hove Albion draw.

Pascal Struijk gave his reaction to the media after netting a dramatic late equaliser, at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.

It was the final Premier League match of the season at Elland Road and the defender came off the bench to head home, after superb work from Joe Gelhardt created the goal.

“I think this is the most important goal I’ve scored,” Struijk said after the match. 

“I am really happy to get the point at the end, because it is really important for us to take all the points we can. 

“I was just told go on and play my game, do what I've got to do, and of course in the back of your head, scoring is one thing you will always try to do.

“I haven’t really seen it back! I know he [Gelhardt] chipped it over the defender, he’s really good, a real talent on the ball and then to find me at the back stick was really good." 

On the match itself, Struijk said the team felt frustrated after creating so many chances,

He said: “Of course it was frustrating, because second half as well we created a lot of chances. 

“So, we were unlucky not to get a goal earlier and then we were in a race to get one back at the end. Luckily we did!”

The Whites are currently one point ahead of Burnley and one point behind Everton, but Struijk wants the focus to remain solely on what his side can do rather than others prior to the Brentford match.

“I don’t think we should be too focused on the other games, I know it is still in the back of the mind.

“We should really focus on our game, because there is one more big final, we want to make sure we win that one.

“We never stop believing. I certainly think the fans also don’t, so we’ll play the last game and try to make sure we get the points, to see how the table plays out.”