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17 October 2017

Bennett Dean
Albion defender Shane Duffy races past Wayne Rooney.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy heaped praise on Sunday’s opening goalscorer Anthony Knockaert, and shared his frustration after Everton equalised in the closing stages of the game.

Knockaert scored his first Premier League goal to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead with eight minutes to go, and Duffy commented on the Frenchman’s key contribution within the squad.

He said, ”I had a feeling Knockaert was going to score. He is a confidence player. When he's confident, there's no one really better than him. He's a big player for us. 

"It was a tough game and they had a lot of possession. It was a disappointing feeling at the end, because I thought we did enough to win the game. We don't feel out of place at this level.

"I feel like we can beat anyone here, but there’s a disappointment in the changing room. I think they're happier than us. Usually we don't concede and it was always going to be a set-piece."

Duffy was replaced by Uwe Huenemeier in the 73rd minute, and the Irishman explained the incident that led to his withdrawal, before expressing his desire to be fit for Friday’s game against West Ham United.

"I just felt my groin but hopefully nothing too bad. There was like a pop feeling, but it's calmed down now. I've iced it and had treatment so it's a little bit better.

"I think it was when I was running back [to defence] it just felt a bit tense. Hopefully it'll calm down and I'll try my best to get available for Friday.”

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