Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy says that the side’s recent run of form means the Seagulls travel to Merseyside today on the crest of a wave.
Chris Hughton’s side head to Goodison Park on the back of three consecutive 1-0 victories in the top flight, and the Irishman insists that the side fear nobody in their current purple patch.
He said, “When you get on a run like this your confidence naturally rises, that’s what football is about.
“It brings the best out of you and we’re doing well at the moment. We won’t have any fear going to Everton this weekend and we know we’re hard to break down and beat.
“We know it’ll be difficult but with the form we’re in we’re full of confidence.”
The trio of consecutive top-flight victories is the club’s first since 1981, following last weekend’s win over Wolves at the Amex Stadium.
Albion have had to defend resolutely throughout October, and the defender highlighted that the side can take the pressure off themselves in matches by improving in offensive areas of the field.
“The way the games have panned out have meant it’s been difficult for the team and we’ve had to do a lot of defending.
“We just wanted to get victories – it didn’t matter how we did it, but to keep the back door closed as well does make it more satisfying for a defender.
“But we also know we can play a lot better than we have done - results are the most important thing but it’s up to us to try and play some better football now.”
“I think we’ve gone back to what we were good at – we had a lot of new players in the squad and perhaps it took them a little while to adjust to the way we play, but they’re all settled in now and they know what we’re about. We make ourselves hard to beat.”
Duffy returns to Goodison Park today having started his career on Merseyside in a six-year spell at the club, going out on loan in the Football League in the process before leaving for Blackburn Rovers in 2014.
The centre half admitted that Everton is a club that holds significance for him, but stressed that it wouldn’t change his focus on getting the Seagulls another positive result this afternoon.
“It doesn’t mean too much more than any other game, but I always say I’m thankful for what Everton have done for me in my career.
“I always follow them and have a soft spot for them – but I’m a Brighton player now and my only focus will be on getting a result for us.
“I’m loving it here and feel really settled – it will always be special to go back to somewhere I grew up and where I learned to play the game, but I’ll be fully focused on making sure we get a result.”