Brighton's Trossard rues misfortune with unwanted top-flight record

‘It’s not a record to be proud of….it was one of those days’: Brighton’s Leandro Trossard hopes for better luck against Everton after hitting the woodwork three times during 3-2 defeat to Manchester United

  • Brighton are hoping to bounce back in the league after a 3-2 defeat last week
  • Leandro Trossard hit the post three times in loss to Manchester United
  • It is the first unwanted hat-trick since Cristiano Ronaldo for United in 2006 
  • Trossard hopes to find the net and not the post against Everton on Saturday 

Brighton’s Leandro Trossard doesn’t want to be remembered as the Premier League’s unlucky one.

Trossard hit the woodwork three times against Manchester United last weekend – the first unwanted hat-trick since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006 – and is eager to make amends at Everton on Saturday.

‘It’s not a record to be proud of. I know how close I was, especially the third one that hit the bar.’ says the Belgian winger.

Leandro Trossard is hoping for a luckier game against Everton after an unwanted record

Trossard struck the post three-times during Brighton’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United

It is the first time this unfortunate feat has been matched since Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2006

‘I have seen the clips. It’s about centimetres. So unlucky. It was one of those days where the ball didn’t want to go in and unfortunately for me it was that day.

‘It can happen. I try to move on quickly because otherwise it sticks in your head and there is nothing you can do about it.’

To compound Trossard’s misfortune, he was then denied by a world-class save from Dean Henderson when Brighton met United again in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

‘Obviously you think about it a bit but I am good on that, I try to forget quickly and move on because you can’t change the past,’ he added.

‘You can just try to do better in the future and that is what I try to do now. My focus is on the next game and now I try to score against Everton. Hopefully the ball won’t hit the post.’

Brighton have faced a difficult start to the season with defeats against Chelsea and United despite playing well. In their only away game, they won 3-0 at Newcastle with young full-back Tariq Lamptey particularly impressive.

Brighton are hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday as they face unbeaten Everton

‘He is so quick and low to the ground. He can turn and speed up,’ says Trossard, who faces him in training.

Unusually, Trossard used some of his lockdown time to build a Taj Mahal model through Lego. ‘Some hours every day for a week. It filled a lot of hours,’ he smiles.

The 25-year-old appears one of the Premier League’s more idiosyncratic players and those who respect sportsmanship will admire his stance on not trying to win penalties by firing the ball at opponents.

‘It’s not my game style. I always aim to give the final pass or, if I’m in the box, shoot and score. I won’t be thinking about hitting the hand to get a penalty.’

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