Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy knows the magnitude of the side’s upcoming two matches against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City respectively at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls host the Cherries on the south coast this weekend before welcoming the Bluebirds three days later, and the Irishman highlighted the importance of the pair of contests on home soil.
He said, “We have to take the lessons from today [Saturday] into the Premier League, we’ve got two huge games on home soil coming up now and it’s about bouncing straight into those.
“We’ll be in training this week and working hard towards the weekend, we know the table is tight and we know we can be strong at home.
“They’re both sides around us in the table, if we can perform like we did today and score some goals at the other end then we’re confident - every game now is a must win for us and we’ll take it one at a time.”
A header from Gabriel Jesus was the narrow difference between Albion and Manchester City on Saturday afternoon at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final, and Duffy says the team have to take the positives from the performance into the rest of their top flight matches this term.
“We’ve got to use today and take it forward until the end of the season, that’s what the manager said in the dressing room afterwards,” he continued.
“We gave it a go and we’re all disappointed it’s come to an end, but we have to just keep our heads held high and take the positives into the rest of our league campaign.”
The central defender also reserved special praise for the 35,000 Seagulls fans who created a superb atmosphere in the capital at the weekend, highlighting the part they can play between now and the season’s end.
“The fans were fantastic, they were huge for us and we knew ever since the draw was made that they were looking forward to the day out.
“Hopefully we did them proud, they were superb at the end and stayed behind, we know what we’ve got in them because they’re fantastic every week.”