Albion's defender reflected on a good first month at the club.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy is delighted with his turnaround in fortunes over the past month, which saw him nominated for the Sky Bet Player of the Month award for September.
The Republic of Ireland international has adapted seamlessly to life at the club, with a number of impressive displays that followed a difficult first month of the season at Blackburn Rovers.
He said, “I don’t think you can get two different months so far apart [in fortunes]. Obviously the nomination was nice, but it was definitely down to the whole team for that, you could have picked anyone for it.
“I don’t know how I got it ahead of Dunky [Lewis Dunk] to be fair, but it’s something I take confidence from.
“When I first signed here, I said it was more of a mental thing that caused my form to drop, because I went through a lot of lows, but I’m happy with where I’m at right now.
“I had good family and good people around me, so I never doubted myself but I just couldn’t understand why it was happening.
“I’m quite strong mentally, but it was a tough period for anyone to go through. I was just looking forward to getting out of it, and now I am, so hopefully I never go back there.”
Duffy returns to club action on the back of two full games for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 and 3-1 victories over Georgia and Moldova respectively, and highlighted the benefits of playing international football.
“It’s been a good, positive week for me. I’ve played two more games, and had two more wins.
“I’m still young and just want to keep playing. It keeps me ticking over and it’s at international level as well, so it’s good for me to be learning at that level.
“It’s different, and of course the way we [Republic of Ireland] play is different to how Brighton play, so I have to adapt quickly.
“There are different players on the international stage. I’d say it’s a little bit slower and you have more time on the ball, but they’re still tough games.”
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The 24-year-old looked ahead to this afternoon’s game against Preston North End, and stressed the importance of continuing a positive run of form, which has seen Albion go the last five league games unbeaten.
“They’re [Preston] a very physical team, but it’s a tough game against any team in the league. There are no easy games, and obviously there will be more pressure on us playing at home.
“You see the run they went on last season; when they get going they’re a tough team to beat, and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.
“Last month was very positive, the results were there and it’s been good. We’ve got to keep going now; it’s another big month coming up and we need to kick on with positive results.”
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