Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy praised the character and determination within the dressing room following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Glenn Murray’s second-half penalty cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick in the first period, and Duffy spoke about the defiance the whole side showed during the hard-fought draw in north London.
He said, “We knew yesterday [Saturday] we were safe, so there was obviously an element of relief, but we’ve got a lot of pride in that changing room and we wanted to go out there and show everyone what we were capable of.
“We want to finish the season as strongly as possible and we haven’t been at our best over the last few months, so we felt like we had a point to prove.
“We’ve let our fans down a little bit in recent times, but that was more like us today [Sunday] and hopefully now we can kick on into next weekend – we put ourselves in the situation but we’re out of it now and it’s about improving for next season.”
The Seagulls defended resolutely for the duration of the contest with Unai Emery’s men whilst carrying a threat on the counter-attack, and the Irishman reflected on the pleasing aspects of the performance.
“We had a lot of defending to do against a very good side, but we also had plenty of chances to win the game too so we’re slightly disappointed in that respect,” he continued.
“We’ve got a lot of positives to take though, we showed good character after going behind early on and we all felt that if we kept playing the way we were then we would score.
“We kept going and then held on at the end, so we’re pleased.”
Albion host Manchester City at the Amex Stadium next Saturday in a game which could decide the fate of the Premier League title, and Duffy previewed the widely-anticipated game with Pep Guardiola’s men.
“It’s been a tight race and we felt like it might come down to the final game of the campaign.
“We know we’ll have to defend well again and try and be at our best – we’ll just try to win the game, if they beat us then they win the league and it’s as simple as that, so we’ll just go out there with a determination and belief that we can get a result.
“We know the occasion, but we have to focus on ourselves in the final game of the season in front of our home fans.”