Time will tell how important Newcastle equaliser was - Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle. Picture by Steve Robards
Pascal Gross celebrates his equaliser against Newcastle. Picture by Steve Robards

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross says time will tell how important his equaliser was against Newcastle on Saturday.

The German playmaker headed home his third goal of the season - Albion's first goal for 735 minutes - to earn Albion a point and increase their lead over third-from-bottom Cardiff to four points with just two games remaining.

Gross netted the winner when Albion sealed their survival with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United last season and his goal against Newcastle could be equally important.

Cardiff need to win both of their remaining games, against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, to have a chance of staying up.

Brighton meet Arsenal and title-chasing Manchester City in their final two games and asked about the importance of his goal against Newcastle, Gross said: "Last year's was massive and this year we will see in two weeks how important it is. Maybe it is important and massive but in football you never know.

"We have to play two games and we can pick up points, even if it's an unbelievably hard schedule. In football everything is possible and we should give everything in the next two weeks and if it is enough then we can be happy.

"We won a point and they (Cardiff) didn't. It's clear they have to win both games but everybody can read the table and know how many points they need."

Gross' goal ended Albion's longest goal drought in their history - 12 hours and 15 minutes - and the midfielder said afterwards: "I didn't know about that (scoreless run) until the end of the last game. Maybe because I was injured and wasn't thinking about it too much but I know we can score goals at home and away from home.

"We just should believe in ourselves and fight and put pressure on other teams to force mistakes from them and that can push us and make ourselves confident. We're better when we force mistakes."