Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy was delighted to score his first Premier League goal in an impressive 3-2 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
The Irishman spoke about the significance of the goal and highlighted the importance of bouncing back following a frustrating 2-0 defeat to Watford last week.
He said, “It was nice - I could have got on the first ball into the box but just missed it, so it was nice to finish the second one.
“I don’t score many, but that one was good. I’m a little disappointed I haven’t scored more, but it was big scoring against Manchester United at home.
“We just didn’t turn up last week; obviously it’s not hard to get up for a big game and being at home makes a huge difference to us. We have to take that into our away form now.”
Duffy also praised Leon Balogun for his assured performance after replacing the injured Lewis Dunk, and also the whole team for their collective defensive display.
“He’s a very experienced player and as you saw, he fitted straight in.
“He dealt with it well and that’s why we bring players like that into the squad, in case someone gets injured. He was great, but I just hope Dunky’s not too bad.
“The manager is always very disciplined with how we work and play, we have some good defenders here, but it’s obviously not just defenders, the lads up front worked really hard too.
“It’s a team effort and we have a great goalkeeper, that’s one of the plusses we have, we just need to score a few more goals.”
Despite the impressive result, the centre back is refusing to get carried away and says Premier League survival is still the main target ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield.
“We still have the same goals in this league, we just need to get as many points as we can and take it game by game.
“We obviously loved the result and it’s three points, but we know what’s coming up next, so we need to get ready and dust ourselves down. Now it’s all about preparing for Liverpool.”