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BUTTON: DETERMINED DUO OFFER SECURITY

17 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
David Button, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk protect Albion's goal against Everton.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Button highlighted the protection provided by his team-mates since the shot-stopper came into the side, most notably praising the determination shown by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Button has started all three Premier League games since Maty Ryan departed for the Asian Cup, and the 29-year-old praised Albion’s centre-back partnership before pointing out the overall support from the rest of the team.

He said, “Obviously I’ve been able to watch Lewis and Shane at close quarters this season and you can’t help but be impressed by the way they play.

“They put their bodies on the line every week and absolutely hate it when we concede goals, so to have that security and that determination in front of me has obviously been great.

“But it’s not just those two; the full-backs have been great and so has everyone else in the team. They’ve all helped me and been really supportive, so I couldn’t have asked for more really.”



The former Fulham shot-stopper, who kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut against Everton, also commented on his admiration for goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, who played his part in bringing Button to the club last summer.

“I worked with Ben at Charlton so it’s been great linking up with him again. He’s got a great reputation within the game and everyone he’s worked with speaks very highly of him.

“It’s very easy for me to sit here and say he’s an amazing coach but I genuinely believe he’s one of the best at what he does.

“Obviously there’s the technical work he does and the detail he goes into on the opposition to make sure you’re prepared in the best way possible, but there’s also the psychological support he provides.

“He makes sure you are confident mentally and in a good place, which is just as important for a goalkeeper. He’s been a massive help and great to have as a goalkeeping coach — his support has been vital.”


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