Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy insists that the feeling of disappointment after letting a two-goal lead slip at the London Stadium on Wednesday shows the progress the club is making in the Premier League.
The Irishman’s stylish back-post finish took his goal tally to four for the current campaign, and he reflected on his second-half strike, as well as a frustrating night in the capital.
He said, “It was a nice goal to score – it just arrived to me nicely, I felt like I could get a few chances from those sorts of situations all night.
“The keeper didn’t react, so it was nice to get another goal – but it’s a shame we couldn’t hold on for the win.
“But to be disappointed at coming away with a point shows the progress we’re making in the division – they’re good signs but we have to learn from tonight and realise sometimes you can’t win them all.”
Duffy’s goal was the second strike from set plays for the side on the night in as many second-half minutes – taking the team to 16 goals from dead-ball situations this season.
"We’ve been working on them, but we always have been, and we were disappointed last year because we felt we could have scored a lot more from them.
“I think this season we’ve worked on them in training – we’ve sorted it out and the manager likes to work on it in general.
“They’re big at any level in football and hopefully we can continue to do well at them – the staff here work on the other side’s weaknesses and they put a lot of work in for our movements, so it’s down to them.
“I feel like I could have had another goal at the end and I actually think my goal was harder, even though I tried to hit the target I still feel like I could have nodded it back across goal.”
The result against Manuel Pellegrini’s men made it five points from the busy festive period after games against AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Everton and West Ham, and Duffy believes that the return can be looked upon as a positive one.
“It’s a good return from our festive matches, especially considering the sides we’ve played.
“They were three tough games but we played well in all of them - five points is a good return.
“It has to be more of the same from us, take it game by game and beat the teams around us – anything can happen in this league, so we have to keep believing and stay confident.”