Anthony Knockaert has described Albion’s home double-bill as bigger than an FA Cup final.

The winger says it would be “really, really disappointing” if the Seagulls did not take their Wembley performance into the Premier League.

Knockaert and colleagues were pleased with their efforts in defeat to Manchester City in Saturday’s semi-final.

Now the French star says that must be repeated – and not the showing in their most recent home game, when they lost to Southampton.

Albion host Bournemouth on Saturday and Cardiff on Tuesday.

Knockaert said: “These games are bigger than Wembley and we knew that anyway.

“Wembley was a gala game, a showpiece for us which we just wanted to enjoy.

“We did that – especially with that performance.

“But the next two games are more important than that game.

“Even if we were through to the final, we would be saying the same.”

Knockaert says Albion fans are understanding of their up-and-down form but will expect them to pick up against the Cherries where they left off against City.

He added: “That is what we need to do and it will be really, really disappointing if, after a game like that, we come up with a poor performance.

“That wouldn’t be normal and would be a shame for all of us.

“The fans, I think, have to keep following us in the right way.

“In general, they still have to support us and push us as much as they can.

“We have some big games coming up and we are going to try our best.

“We don’t go out on purpose to lose games.

“Obviously, it is true that, against City, we had a better performance than the previous Saturday (against Southampton), for example, but it happens.

“You can’t be 38 games in the league at the top all the time.

“You have to understand that and I think they do.”