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DUFFY DELIGHTED TO GET OFF THE MARK

14 December 2016

The Albion midfielder opened his account against his former club last night.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy was delighted to get his first goal for the club at Ewood Park, as the Seagulls secured a 3-2 victory over his former employers.

The 24-year-old opened the scoring with a bullet header from Oliver Norwood’s corner, and believed it was only a matter of time until he found his name on the scoresheet.

He said, “I think it was coming, unfortunately it was against Blackburn but I’m delighted to get off the mark, and obviously the three points are most important.

“I was disappointed that I hadn’t scored yet, because it’s something that I’ve tried adding to my game and I’ve been close in the last couple of weeks.

“I just had a feeling that it might be the night. The first chance I got, I stuck it away, and hopefully that’s me up and running.”

The Republic of Ireland international felt Albion were deserved winners in Lancashire, but admitted they made life hard for themselves after conceding two second-half goals.

“I quite enjoyed it; I thought we were the better team, so that helped. We controlled the whole game, were a bit sloppy at the end, but managed to get the three points.

“It was our own fault for letting them back into the game, maybe at 2-0 we thought it was over and stopped doing our jobs.

“Stocko [David Stockdale] made a great couple of saves in the first half but that was about it. I felt the game was comfortable, but I’m disappointed we conceded two.”

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Duffy praised Albion boss Chris Hughton and his team-mates for their efforts both on and off the pitch, and played down the significance of going top of the Sky Bet Championship at this stage of the season.

“It’s great that we’ve got so many players that can come in, so credit to the manager [Chris Hughton] for getting this squad together.

“We’ve got a great squad now, as you’ve seen, Tomer [Hemed], Poco [Sebastien Pocognoli] and even Ollie’s [Oliver Norwood] come in over the last couple of games and done brilliantly.

“There’s still a long way to go, we’ve just got to keep winning our games. It’s nice to be up there, but tomorrow we might be off the top again [when Newcastle play Wigan].”

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