Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy was pleased to get back to being solid defensively in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Derby County.
Duffy played in the heart of defence alongside Dan Burn, and the Irishman explained it was vital to address their issues at the back in recent weeks.
He said, "It's nice to get a win. We obviously made hard work of it in the end, but it's a good win and I think we deserved it with our overall play.
"To defend well is important for the fundamentals of the team. We've let in too many goals recently, which has been a problem. It's hurt us, so we got back to what we are good at.
"Sometimes you can go through bad patches. That's what we went through and hopefully we are out of it.”
The centre-back spoke in more detail about playing alongside Burn, and praised the former Wigan Athletic man for another commanding display in an Albion shirt.
"He's fitted in very well, and it was another good performance from him. It's good competition for all of us to keep us on our toes.
“He has taken his chances when he's had them and that's all you can do."
Duffy made a crucial clearance to keep out Jack Marriott’s strike at the start of the second half, and the defender felt Albion reacted well to Derby’s improved performance after the break.
"I dropped off because I knew I couldn't block the cross. I don't know if Butts [David Button] was behind me or not to save it. Anything to keep the ball out of the net.
"It would have been a lot more nervous, but you get those moments in matches. We could easily have finished it earlier in the second half.
"They had nothing to lose, went to 4-4-2 and just went for it, which caught us a little bit by surprise. I think we dealt with it well enough.
"It was a sloppy goal but we had enough chances going forward. We're all happy.”