Doucouré: “We'll Fight Until The End”
Abdoulaye Doucouré is relishing the attacking midfield role from which he has now scored three times in six games, but was bitterly disappointed his effort against Brighton was not enough to seal three points.
“I scored an own goal in the first game of the season and I wanted to score in this game to help the team,” said the midfielder.
“I’m pleased with the goal, but the result is the most important thing and we’re not so happy with that.
“I looked forward when I regained the ball and I went straight at the goal. I like to go forward and I saw a little opportunity to shoot.”
When asked if his performances have got better since Nigel Pearson ushered him further up the pitch, the 27-year-old said he has noticed an improvement in his overall contribution.
“I think so, because I score more goals and I am more able to help the team,” he said.
“But the most important thing is the team, the way I can play to help my teammates. Everyone did good things and yes, we conceded a goal, but we’re good going into the next game.
“We’re a little bit disappointed about the result but we will carry on and we’ll fight until the end.”
The Hornets were unable to push on and extend their lead after Doucouré opened the scoring, with the Seagulls piling the pressure on in the second half and eventually forcing a mistake for the equaliser.
“It’s happened a lot this season, in the second half we come back a little bit deeper,” said Doucouré.
“But this is the way, we’re in an away game, 1-0 up so we need to defend, and we need to be compact.
“We were unlucky in this game to concede a goal, but I think the lads did a great job, we defended together, and I think it was unlucky at the end.”