Date: 14th December 2016 at 8:30am
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Centre half Shane Duffy has spoken of his delight at opening his Brighton goalscoring account against his former club yesterday evening.

Making the trip to Ewood Park and his former haunt on Tuesday evening, Duffy opened the scoring for us after only 16 minutes of the game had been played and Brighton went on to secure a three two victory on the evening.

Whilst he didn’t directly address it in his post game press conference with the Official Site as he met with the media following the full time whistle, undoubtedly given the final few weeks he had at the club with fans on his back and own goals overshadowing his goal threat at the other end, there would be some sweet delight in breaking the deadlock.

The 24 year old explained.

‘I think it was coming, unfortunately it was against Blackburn but I`m delighted to get off the mark, and obviously the three points are most important. I was disappointed that I hadn`t scored yet, because it`s something that I`ve tried adding to my game and I`ve been close in the last couple of weeks. I just had a feeling that it might be the night. The first chance I got, I stuck it away, and hopefully that`s me up and running.’

The Republic of Ireland international went on to say that given the overall performance in Lancashire he didn’t feel there was any doubt that we deserved the win and all three points from the game, but obviously with them getting two goals back on the evening we made life a little bit difficult for ourselves.

‘I quite enjoyed it; I thought we were the better team, so that helped. We controlled the whole game, were a bit sloppy at the end, but managed to get the three points. It was our own fault for letting them back into the game, maybe at 2-0 we thought it was over and stopped doing our jobs. Stocko made a great couple of saves in the first half but that was about it. I felt the game was comfortable, but I`m disappointed we conceded two.’

Ending his interview, Duffy went on to praise manager Chris Hughton for his work so far this year and his colleagues for the season we are having – and obviously three points last night at least temporarily put us into top spot in the Championship table.

Going top though wasn’t something he felt would distract the players one way or another.

‘It`s great that we`ve got so many players that can come in, so credit to the manager for getting this squad together. We`ve got a great squad now, as you`ve seen, Tomer Hemed, Poco (Sebastien Pocognoli and even Ollie`s (Norwood) come in over the last couple of games and done brilliantly. There`s still a long way to go, we`ve just got to keep winning our games. It`s nice to be up there, but tomorrow we might be off the top again.’

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