Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal was delighted to score on his return to the side, as they overcame MK Dons 2-0 in an Emirates FA Cup third round tie at the Amex yesterday.
Kayal fired Albion in front with only nine minutes on the clock thanks to a low, driven strike on the edge of the box, and the Israeli international explained how the goal spurred him on during the game.
He said, “I’m happy to be back playing after a long time out injured. The rehab went well, I’m back now and I was happy to play my first game.
“The goal helped me take more confidence. Everyone played well and we controlled the game from the beginning until the end.
“We were the better team, deserved the victory and I’m happy for the lads who needed a game; it was great to be back playing football.”
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Kayal’s compatriot, Tomer Hemed, added Albion’s second goal midway through the second half and the midfielder was pleased to set up his team-mate for his tenth goal of the season.
“The game is always still alive at 1-0, so we needed the second goal to make the game more quiet and relaxing for us.
“I’m happy that Tomer [Hemed] scored again and that I got the assist. It was a great win for us and I’m looking forward to the next round.
“Everyone knows that I and Tomer are great friends, but we are with everyone and hopefully I can give an assist for someone else in the next game.”
The midfielder revealed that he had recovered quicker than expected from his ankle injury, and is relishing the battle to get back into Chris Hughton’s starting 11.
“I’m back a little bit earlier, as everyone thought I’d be out for 12 weeks, but I’m back after nine. I’m enjoying being back playing for this club again.
“We enjoy the competition. I’m happy for the lads because they’ve kept on winning and gone top of the league. It’s made my job easier for when I come back.
“Hopefully I and Liam [Rosenior], who has also come back from injury, can help the team push on and go up this season.”