Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy admitted that yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City was a tough one to stomach given the nature of the contest.
The Seagulls had taken an early lead through Lewis Dunk’s second goal in as many matches, before Callum Paterson levelled for the hosts and Sol Bamba struck the winner for the hosts deep into injury time.
He said, “There’s a lot of anger at the moment – the winning goal is offside which makes it even harder to take because we defended well, but that’s football.
“We felt like we deserved something from the game and we felt like we were the better side, the referee has a tough job but it’s also tough for us to accept.
“We knew straight away it was offside and you can see that by our reaction – we didn't have the luck on Saturday, and we feel we could’ve taken something.
“We have to go away now and regroup over the next few weeks, and make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running after the international break.”
The dismissal of Dale Stephens came 34 minutes into the game in South Wales, shortly after Paterson had got Neil Warnock’s men back on level terms – the Irish defender felt like the incident changed the contest.
“The red card is a big part of the game because at that point we were really in control.
“The first goal is sloppy from our perspective and then the tackle by Dale has been deemed dangerous by the referee.
“We know it won’t define our season and we felt we deserved something – we’re a good group of players with a good manager so we’ll pick ourselves up.”
Despite being at a man disadvantage Albion continued to look dangerous going forward on the counter attack, having soaked up pressure from their opponents comfortably for long spells.
Duffy conceded that the side have to be more clinical when those opportunities arise.
“Even when we were down to ten men we still felt like we could win the game.
“It’s a high-level game and it’s important for us to win these games – we held them out for so long.
“We do still need to be better going forward and we had some counter attacks which we feel we could have done better from.
“We always try to do the right things, we’re taking leads and then trying to defend – it’s frustrating because we’re on a different level to them.”