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DUFFY HAILS A BIG POINT

6 February 2017

The Irishman helped Albion on their way to a dramatic draw yesterday.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy believes that yesterday’s draw at Brentford could be a crucial result in the context of the season.

Duffy brought Albion back on level terms with his header to make it 2-2, before two goals in seven absorbing minutes of stoppage time saw the spoils shared at 3-3.

He said: “Considering how the game went, I would say it’s a big point - and before the game we probably would’ve taken it - but it was just madness!

“To concede so late was disappointing, but to score again even later shows how good the squad is.

“It’s been a tough week and it carried on a bit from Thursday night [defeat v Huddersfield] and we just didn’t get at it from the start.

“Then after half-time, Solly [March] was huge in how we played and we got back to what we’re good at.

“We got the ball down, played and caused carnage. At 2-2 I thought there was only going to be one winner, but fortunately it was only a point.”

The Republic of Ireland international played alongside Uwe Huenemeier for the first time and admits it does take a while to adjust to having a different central defensive partner.

“It’s not difficult but it just takes time to get used to, and it was the same when I started playing with Dunky [Lewis Dunk].

“Uwe played quite well and it was difficult in the first half, but we got stronger in the second. It was just about getting used to it and I think he acquitted himself well.”

The centre-back stressed that it’s important to forget the exploits of the chasing pack in the top six, and feels it’s vital to get two wins from the next two home games against Burton Albion and Ipswich Town.

“Everyone looks at the league, but we keep saying that we just focus on ourselves.

“You can think to yourself that there were good results yesterday, but then you don’t go and do the business yourself.

“The manager keeps us grounded and there are big characters in the dressing room that do the same.

“I’m still a bit gutted that we drew the game but obviously a point after the way we played is not a bad one. It’s been a tough week going into two massive games and we’ll be targeting six points.”

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