Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy is confident that the side can turn their form around after the Seagulls were beaten 3-1 by Burnley on Saturday.
Duffy was on target for Albion in an otherwise frustrating evening at the Amex, but the Irishman says it’s now down to the senior players in the squad to provoke a reaction in the coming weeks.
He said, “We’re in a little patch where it’s not going for us at the moment, but we’ve got to turn it around, and we will.
“It’s one of those days; they’re a big, strong and physical team, they just wanted it more, and that’s the most disappointing thing.
“We all knew it was a big game, so it’s a disappointed changing room, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up again and start winning in the league again.
“We need the big characters to step up and rally everyone. We haven’t got a league game for a couple of weeks now, so we’ve got to regroup and it’s up to us to put it right.”
Ashley Barnes effectively ended the game as a contest when he fired home from the penalty spot to make it 3-0, and despite the Seagulls having a penalty shout of their own when Jeff Hendrick handled the ball, Duffy was left to rue some sloppy defending.
“It was handball, but we can’t defend like we did and we have to react to what happened. We defended poorly for the penalty.
“Referees make decisions, sometimes you agree with them and sometimes you don’t. But for the third goal we’ve got to be switched on and we weren’t.
“We’ve got to be better and it’s not like us. It’s been disappointing, as was the Fulham game. We don’t leak many goals and we’ve got to look at our defending.”
The defender admits he wished Albion’s next game in the league would come sooner, but says the immediate priority is to bounce back in next week’s Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie against Derby County.
“We wish it was a league game to be honest, but that’s not the way it is.
"We’ve got to put it behind us and focus on an exciting cup tie now. We’ll look at what we did wrong this week and put it right.”