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DUFFY PREPARED FOR BIG MONTH AHEAD

4 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy looked ahead to a big month for the club, as the side kick off November with a match away at Swansea City on Saturday.

The centre-back cannot wait to face the challenges that lie ahead, starting with a trip to the Liberty Stadium, before a World Cup play-off double-header with the Republic of Ireland and a visit to Old Trafford.

He said, “It’s what I want to be here for and there are some great opportunities for me to play in some huge games.

“We’ve got massive games coming up and I’m going to places I’ve always dreamed of - like Old Trafford playing Manchester United.

“This season has been brilliant. We’ve got a huge month coming up, and personally I want to keep myself fit and healthy, stay in the team and pick up a few good results.

“I always find it tough to look beyond the next game though, and that is Swansea. It's a big game and we believe we’ve got enough in the squad to go there and win.”

Duffy has been satisfied with Albion’s start to the season as a whole, and highlighted the significance of gaining a victory to move further clear of the drop zone.

“We’ve had a good few results recently and we’re a bit disappointed with the last-minute goal against Everton, but we had a huge result against West Ham.

“We’ve had a good run and not losing games in this league is quite tough, but it’s a big game for us on Sunday.

“I always treat every team the same way, but this is a big game as Swansea are below us and if we can get a win, it gets us three points further away from them.”

The Irishman also admitted his surprise at Lewis Dunk’s omission from the latest England squad, but is confident that his fellow centre-back will earn a call-up in the near future.

“It is a little bit [surprising], and I’m probably a bit biased, but if I’m looking at the centre-halves, I think he’s capable of being in that squad.

“It’s up to him to keep his form up and it will only be a matter of time. He can’t be too disappointed at the minute, it’s a big thing for him and I have doubt that he’ll be an England player.

“I thought he had a chance, but it’s not to be and he’ll have a two-week break for us.

“He’ll need it because he’s played a lot of football. I’m disappointed for him though, but I said to him that I have no doubt he’ll be in that squad soon.”


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