Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy was delighted with the way the side were able to weather a spell of sustained pressure and secure a vital 3-0 win over West Ham United.
Duffy put in yet another commanding performance at the heart of Albion’s defence alongside Lewis Dunk, and feels the win will give the side a real confidence boost in their quest for survival.
He said, “There was a lot of pressure on us in the first half, but we defended well and scored at the right times early on, and just before half-time, which probably killed them a bit.”
“It was still difficult tonight with lots to do in terms of our positioning and defending crosses. [Javier] Hernandez’s movement is world class. You can’t switch off, if you do he’ll get a chance and he’ll take it.
“They’re three big points, and it’s a big clean sheet. They’ve only lost once at home [before Friday], and it was a great performance from the lads.
“We’ve always believed that we could [stay up]; the momentum was with us last season. We’re a hard team to beat and we’ve had a few new signings that have taken a while to settle in, but they’re now doing brilliantly.”
The Irishman was thrilled to see Glenn Murray score his first goals of the season and commented on the strength in depth in the club’s forward positions, but encouraged his team-mates not to get too carried away with the win.
“It’s all coming together and we’re looking like a strong outfit now. The big man is back and scoring goals, so I’m delighted for him too.”
“Nobody in our changing room doubted him. It’s great to have him back fit and he’s scored two goals against two good centre-halves.
“We’re delighted we’ve got competition up there, with Tomer [Hemed] and Sam [Baldock] coming back too.
“But we’re realistic, and we’ll enjoy the moment because it is the toughest league in the world.”