Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy is eager to quickly bounce back from Saturday’s frustrating 1-0 defeat to Southampton, and remains optimistic about the side’s chances of pulling clear of the bottom three.
Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg’s second-half strike gave the Saints all three points at the Amex, and despite missing a valuable opportunity to put a fellow survival rival to the sword, Duffy says the focus must now be on Wednesday’s match against Chelsea.
He said, “We knew Southampton were below us, and it was one of those six pointers, but we’ve got to look after ourselves and there’s still a lot of football to be played.
“We’re still feeling confident; hopefully the results will even themselves out throughout the season and that we’ll get enough points by the end of the season.
“I don’t think we were good enough to get the three points, we’ve got to get ready for a big game on Wednesday.
“You want to test yourself against the best and this is why we want to be in this league next year, to test ourselves against players like that.
“We’ve got to go there, play our game and hopefully cause an upset.”
The Irishman dismissed talk that the team may be distracted by Emirates FA Cup semi-final and says the league should be the number one priority.
“This is our bread and butter and we know that. The game will come when it comes, but we have important games before that and today [Saturday] was probably more important than the semi-final.
“If there are people are thinking about it, then they’ve got to get it out of their heads because we’ve got a massive game Wednesday. We shouldn’t be thinking about it yet.”
Cardiff City currently occupy the final relegation place in the division ahead of the match against Chelsea today, but Duffy says it’s important not to look for favours elsewhere in their bid to stay up.
“It’s down to us and not other teams. That’s the pressure that we put on ourselves, and we’ll do that until the end of the season.”