Pascal Gross is pleased to have scored Albion's first goal from a free-kick in the Premier League.

Gross opened his account for the season last weekend, in the 15th minute after his free-kick flew into the top right corner to give Albion the lead in a 3-2 win against Everton at the Amex.

This is the first time Albion have scored from a free-kick since Sebastien Pocognoli curled one into the top right corner in a 2-1 win at Loftus Road back in April 2017.

However, you have to go back a further year for the last time a free-kick was scored at the Amex and it came courtesy of a popular Frenchman, Anthony Knockaert.

The forward curled a free-kick into the top right corner, in first half stoppage time to give Albion the lead in a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers back in April 2016.

But now Gross holds that record as well as being the first to score a free-kick in just over two seasons in the top flight for Albion and he is happy to hold such an honour.

He said: “I’m always happy to score, especially last week from a free-kick.

“We have not scored a lot from free-kicks in the past.

“I am really pleased to score the first goal in the Premier League from a free-kick.”

Prior to the win over Everton, Albion had felt that had been unlucky in games this season to not come away with more points.

However, Gross is convinced Albion can pick up many more points if they continue to play like they have done so far this season.

He said:“The way we play gives me confidence we can.

“Even before the games I was confident because we play good football, we create chances, we are defending well and it is just sometimes that have been a bit unlucky.

“There were a lot of performances like Burnley at home they had one shot on target, Newcastle away we had chances, a clearance off the line and for me I thought we were the better team.

“Then two red cards which didn’t help, we haven’t had the luck till now but we have already shown the quality of football we can play as a team.

“I am quite optimistic for the rest of the season and I’m quite happy with the start of the season obviously, but the points you can take in this league you should take.”

Gross has found himself operating in numerous roles this season under head coach Graham Potter. At times he has played as part of two attacking midfielders behind two strikers.

In other games he has played wide right of a front three and finally on one occasion he played in central midfield alongside Aaron Mooy in the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers in the second round of the Carabao Cup back in August.

Despite not having played in the No.10 role he thrived in his first season in England, Gross is just glad to be involved.

He said: “I’m just happy to be in the team and always to try to help the team and play to my strengths, wherever I am playing.

“I never think I wasn’t playing in the No.10 when I was not in England. I moved position when I joined here, so in midfield I am quite flexible.”

It is not just different positions Gross has played in, the German has also had to create opportunities for completely different strikers than he has been used to previously.

In his first and second season with Albion Gross was providing numerous assists to Glenn Murray.

However, this season he has to adapt to creating chances for totally different strikers in summer signing Neal Maupay and academy starlet, Aaron Connolly.

But, Gross says it is not difficult to adapt to playing with a different type of striker.

He said: “Neal, Aaron and Glenn they are all different, but as a player you know which type of striker you are playing with and that is the way you are passing the ball or the way you cross the ball.

“It is good to have different types of strikers, you can see they are all dangerous, so it makes us stronger as well.

“With a target man who can score from half chances and we have quicker strikers who can stretch the defence and score because they make good runs. It is good to have strikers that can give you everything.”

But does Gross think the change in strikers is the main difference between this season, under Potter and last season under Chris Hughton?

He said: “It is not only the strikers, for me the way we play is totally different and we have made other good signings.

“We have Adam (Webster), we have Neal, we have Leandro (Trossard) and two young boys who were not there last season.

“With other new signings doing well, we are very strong and I think everyone in the squad is able to play in the Premier League.”

Pascal Gross says it is nice to see fellow Germans having success in the Premier League.

During his time in England it is not just the German midfielder who had success in England.

There have been others like Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, David Wagner at Huddersfield and now Norwich manager Daniel Farke.

The 43-year-old German manager has guided Norwich to the Premier League and has achieved a huge upset by beating Manchester City already this season.

Gross who has had become well known as a key playmaker in the Premier League for Albion says it nice to see fellow Germans doing well over here.

He said: “It is always nice to see someone who speaks your language and has had success.

“With Wagner, I knew him when I was in the youth, so I knew him a little bit more.

“He did a great job and got the team promoted to the Premier League.”

Has Gross ever crossed paths with either Farke of any of Norwich’s players during his time back in Germany?

He said: “I don’t know him (Farke) since he arrived here.

“I know some of the players as I came up against them in Germany in some games like Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann, but that’s it.”