Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy is keen for the side to follow up the weekend’s victory over Huddersfield Town in tomorrow evening’s game against Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.
The central defender was on the scoresheet during Saturday’s vital win in Yorkshire but stressed that the contest with Roy Hodgson’s men is just as significant in the team’s three-game week.
He said, “We looked at the week, knew it was massive and also knew that we could win all three if we were on our game.
“It’s a good start so we’ll enjoy the win and then focus on Tuesday – it won’t mean anything from the weekend if we don’t go on against Crystal Palace and follow it up with another good result.
“Derbies are always great, I haven’t played in many so it’s one I’m looking forward to and we want to give the fans something to cheer about.”
The match on the south coast will be the first meeting between the sides of the campaign, and the Irishman highlighted his desire to give the supporters a positive result in the eagerly anticipated game with the Eagles.
“It’s a big one for the fans – we know that. It’s one we’re looking forward to because we know it’s the first one the supporters look out for.
“Last year we were disappointed with the away game and felt like we did enough at the Amex to win the game, so it’s a new chance to play them again and we’ll be looking for a big atmosphere from our crowd.
“It’s really important to go into a game like that on the back of a win like the one at the weekend because of the confidence it gives you – it’s a chance to push on and get back to back wins for us.
“We just take it one game at a time, we know we’re a good side at home and have the players to go and beat anyone at the Amex.
Duffy’s header sparked a revival at the weekend at the John Smith’s Stadium, giving him his third goal of the season. He reflected on the eventful contest that saw Albion concede inside a minute before the hosts were reduced to ten men.
“You did sort of think ‘here we go again’, but the way we responded to going a goal behind that early speaks volumes about this team and group of players.
“We just kept passing the ball and we knew we could get ourselves back in it, thankfully my goal did that at a good time just before the break.
“The mood at half time was good, because we were quite calm and knew we had enough to win the game and learn from the previous week against Leicester – our three midfielders were great, and all kept the ball really well.”
“Yves had a lot of the home crowd giving him stick but I thought he was brilliant. The crowd probably fired him up and he took confidence from that, he’s a very good player and it’s a good plus for us to have competition in that area, especially with the likes of Dale [Stephens] out.”