Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Button was delighted to keep a clean sheet and help the team to three points on his Premier League debut against Everton on Saturday afternoon.
A second-half goal from Jurgen Locadia gave the Seagulls a 1-0 triumph over the Toffees on the south coast, and the goalkeeper reflected on a successful day from both a personal and team perspective.
He said, “It was a great day with a clean sheet and three big points – to keep them out was really massive for the boys.
“Everyone played well, and it was a fantastic result – I’ve known since the start of the season that I would get this opportunity when Maty [Ryan] went away with Australia, and he’s been doing fantastically well.
“I knew I’d have to carry that on when he left and hopefully I showed that, the challenge for me is to keep it up.”
With Maty Ryan away representing Australia in the Asia Cup over the next few weeks, the goalkeeping berth will be left between Button and Jason Steele – the former revealed he knew he’d face Marco Silva’s side after the last few days, and also spoke about the support of Ryan.
“I’d known for a couple of days that I’d be starting the game, the manager told us both and gave me a bit of time to prepare which was nice.
“Maty sent me a few messages before he went off with his country and he messaged me after the game on Saturday, he’s been very supportive, and it’s been great.
“The feeling in the camp as a whole is good at the moment because we’ve picked up four points from our last two matches against tough opposition, at a time of the year when the matches come thick and fast.”
Button had to be alert to twice deny Brazilian forward Richarlison in either half on his way to the shutout against the Merseyside outfit, and he spoke glowingly of the exploits of the defensive duo in front of him.
“I had to make a few important saves from Richarlison and the first came at a time when the game was level which was good.
“But other than that, the lads did superbly, and I didn’t have too much to do.
“I’ve watched a lot of both Lewis [Dunk] and Shane [Duffy] so far this season and you can’t help but be impressed – playing behind them was good because you know what you’re going to get from them, they always put their bodies on the line.”