Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy feels the team have improved against the top sides in the Premier League after a battling performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty was enough to claim all three points at the Amex, but Duffy feels there are reasons to be positive after a narrow defeat.
He said, “I always say we’re improving and if you see how we’ve done against the big teams we’re always in the games. I’m sure if you asked Liverpool, they’d say they’ve had a tough game.
“I thought we put the effort in, but obviously didn’t create too many clear-cut chances. At half-time we were delighted, despite them having most of possession and most of the chances. I thought that with all our effort we probably could’ve nicked a point.”
The centre-back highlighted how the top teams can capitalise on the slightest errors, but believes Albion frustrated their star-studded opponents on the day.
“We worked hard to at least stay in the game and one mistake cost us. You have to be focused, and you don’t want to push too early because Liverpool can embarrass you.
“We said at half-time to stay in the game for as long as possible and we might get a chance. It didn’t happen for us, but I thought we defended well and we made it hard for them.”
The Irishman also spoke about the penalty decision leading to the goal which saw Pascal Gross penalised for a challenge on Salah, and felt the German was faced with a thankless task.
“It’s tough for Pascal, he’s up against one of the best players in the league and I felt that we could’ve helped him out a bit more. He got caught a bit and Salah moves the ball quickly, so it’s unfortunate.”