Describing it as ‘probably the hardest way to take defeat’, Shane Duffy is still gutted after Tuesday night.
The centre-back claims that despite being ‘under a lot of pressure most on the game’, he thought they ‘still felt comfortable’.
It is human nature to feel a bit hard done by when fortunes change for the worse late in the day but on the balance of play, nobody can say Newcastle didn’t deserve anything.
Whilst when it comes to winning the match, the visitors can certainly claim to have the stronger claim.
With more possession, twice as many corners and almost twice as many shots (19 v 10), Newcastle were the better team despite the referee gifting the Seagulls the opening goal.
Even the Brighton fans (vast majority) accepted after the game that their team deserved no more than a draw at best.
Shane Duffy is still defiant and claims that whatever was going to happen at the Amex on Tuesday, Brighton would still be ‘in a strong position’.
Away at Forest tomorrow, it certainly looks as though Brighton are favourites to come out of the weekend with the most improved position, especially when they can’t really lose (up to a point) with whatever the result is at the John Smith’s Stadium.
However, you can also say that the pressure is now very much on Brighton because if they lose and Huddersfield win, David Wagner’s team will be only three points behind Chris Hughton’s and with a game in hand.
It is getting interesting…
Shane Duffy talking to the Brighton and Hove Independent:
“It was tough the way it ended.
“I couldn’t really see Newcastle scoring until the equaliser.
“I knew we were under a lot of pressure most of the game but I still felt comfortable.
“That’s probably the hardest way to take defeat – the way it ended and how it happened.
“With ten minutes to go we were winning and that’s why everyone was so disappointed at the end.
“But we know we’re in a strong position and knew the outcome of the game, win, lose or draw, didn’t make the season.
“We knew if we didn’t win we’re still in a strong position to go on and it’s in our hands.
“Forest (Brighton play them away 3pm on Saturday) are funny because if you look at them they’ve got good individual players who can hurt you on the day.”
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