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DUFFY APPLAUDS STRONG TEAM SPIRIT

14 January 2017

The Albion defender is enjoying life at the club.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy praised the strong togetherness felt within the club, and believes the opening months of his Albion career couldn’t have gone any better.
 
The central defender, who arrived from Blackburn Rovers in August and quickly established himself in Chris Hughton’s side, expressed his delight at being part of a close-knit playing squad this season.
 
He said, “I thought this would be a great club to join, but then when you get here, it’s completely different and the togetherness here is something I’ve never seen before.
 
“It’s a team that want to play with each other, friends on and off the pitch, no matter if you’re 16 or 36, everyone is treated similarly here.
 
“You don’t notice it at the start, you just come in and play football, but from the day you walk into the changing room, there’s not one person who won’t welcome you.
 
“Everyone is together, from all around the building, it’s all the same. It’s brilliant to be involved in, and for me, it couldn’t have gone any better.”

The Seagulls boast the best defensive record in the Sky Bet Championship, and the 25-year-old believes it has been a team effort with the club's forward players also contributing to this impressive record.

“The front lads put in so much effort, the team’s so structured and everyone knows their job. Sam [Baldock] and Glenn [Murray] have been brilliant, and obviously Tomer [Hemed] has also come in and done well.
 
“It makes our lives a lot easier in defence, we don’t get sucked out into positions that maybe some players in other teams would.
 
“They know their job as soon as they come in. It helps us a lot and soaks up the pressure before the ball even comes to us.
 
“We obviously do a lot of defending as well, but we get a lot of help from the team. It’s brilliant and it’s definitely not just because of Shane Duffy!”
 
Albion will be without Lewis Dunk, who misses today’s game against Preston North End at Deepdale through suspension, but Duffy heaped praise on his central defensive partner.
 
“He’s definitely in that category where you can put him as the best centre-half in the Championship.
 
“It’s down to himself because he puts in a lot of hard work, he’s grown up here and matured a lot last season, but I think this season’s been a lot better for him.
 
“He’s the stand-out player for me and playing alongside him is a pleasure. If the club gets to the Premier League, then hopefully he can shine in that league.
 
“As everybody knows, the top league is the toughest league to perform in, but for me, I definitely think he can do it in the top league.”

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