Manchester City striker Erling Holland commented on the victory in the postponed match of the Premier League over West Ham (3: 0):
“This is a special night and a great moment. I am very happy and year. I do not know what else to say. Of course I knew about the record, we were trying to create chances and it wasn’t easy because they defended well. It was difficult in the first half, but then the moments appeared.
I spoke to Jack Grealish before the game and he said he would like to give me an assist for me to score a record goal. It was a perfect shot, I didn’t think of re-rolling (the goalkeeper) but the opportunity came up so I did it. It’s nice to score this goal. Yes, it hurt when everyone congratulated me and hit me on the back.
I don’t think about breaking Dixie Dean’s all-time record of 60 balls. I will sleep, wake up tomorrow and then try to help the team get three points against Leeds. With their new head coach (Sam Allardyce) it won’t be easy.”
I can’t think about these records anymore or I’ll go crazy. I’ll go home, play video games, eat and then sleep. Tomorrow I have to think about Leeds. What video game am I playing? I can’t name it, it would be too embarrassing.
Would you trade all your goals for a treble? Yes! Yes! It is most important. Everyone knows it’s possible, but we can’t think about the FA Cup final right now. We just need to think about Leeds. Now each of the last and 9 games is a cup final.”
Erling Haaland set the Premier League record for goals in a season with his 35th goal in 33 games. The Norwegian surpassed the achievements of Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer (34 goals each).