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Knight: "I Know I Have To Earn The Right To Play"

3 December 2021

A wonderful goal and superb assist is step in right direction for talented City loanee.

On-loan Manchester City youngster Ben Knight appreciates that he has to earn his place back in the Crewe Alexandra starting XI after making a successful return from injury.

Knight suffered an ankle injury against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup and has to wait patiently for his chance to stake his claim at first team level once again, but the Cambridge-born teenager grabbed that opportunity with a stunning goal and a fine assist from a corner for Oli Finney’s headed goal to inspire Crewe to a 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The 19-year-old, who scored a goal of the season contender on Wednesday evening, told us: “It was a good goal. I have had to wait a bit to get playing again with the injury, so it was a nice feeling to see it go in. As soon as I hit it, I thought it had a chance and thankfully it has gone in.

“I have had my injury and I am back now and I just have to take my chances now. I know that I have to earn my place in the team after being out and goals and assists is what I need to do that, so it was nice to get both on Wednesday.

“I am here to try and help the team win games with goals and assists. It has been frustrating not playing but I am learning about the game and seeing the other side of it, that I wouldn’t get if I had stayed and played 23s.

“The players are strong and the physicality of it is so different to what I am used to. I don’t know if it is because I am small that the referees don’t want to give me fouls, but that is the major difference 100%.

Ben added: “I know I have to get stronger and use my body better and wriggle out of things. It’s all about learning and I am doing that.

“We are beginning to play better now, which is good, but we all know we have struggled in the league and we need to get some wins. It is about taking these performances into the league.”

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