Brighton star says confident of beating Newcastle United because not a top six club
Shane Duffy and his teammates find themselves only three points off the relegation zone with three games remaining.
Cardiff threatening to complete a remarkable late surge and send Brighton down instead.
The Seagulls will find themselves outside the drop zone only on goal difference if Cardiff win at Fulham on Saturday afternoon in a 3pm kick-off.
Shane Duffy though says he is looking forward to Saturday.
He is fancying Brighton to get the points they need, declaring: ‘It’s Newcastle at home and it’s not a top-six team so we’ve got to be confident.’
Hmmm, playing lowly non-top six teams hasn’t worked out too well recently…
Brighton’s last three home games have seen defeats to Cardiff (0-2), Bournemouth (0-5) and Southampton (0-1).
All three of those clubs are currently below Newcastle United in the Premier League table.
There is also the small matter of Newcastle losing away only once so far this season to team outside that top six, a 2-0 defeat at West Ham.
Also, it is over nine hours since Brighton last scored a goal.
They are up against a Newcastle defence that has conceded only 44 goals, Wolves (43) and the top four are the only ones to have conceded less.
I can see where Shane Duffy gets his confidence from…
Shane Duffy speaking to the Brighton and Hove Independent:
“I know it’s two tough fixtures (Arsenal away and Man City at home) to finish but we believe we can get results.
“If we perform like this (losing 1-0 at Tottenham) we know we can frustrate teams and on another night we might have won the game.
“The next game is always the biggest game because it’s next.
“It’s Newcastle at home and it’s not a top-six team so we’ve got to be confident.
“We’ve been a little bit poor at home recently so it’s a chance to put everything right and we’re all excited about it.
“The table never lies and that’s the truth and reality.
“In a way it’s our own fault.
“We got into a bad routine where we were picking up bad results. It wasn’t through the lack of trying but things weren’t going our way and we weren’t playing particularly well.
“We’ve had a lot of meetings, a lot of talks, a lot of reality checks and have got back to basics.
“You could see that in the last two games.We’re in this situation and have got to deal with it.
“That’s the bottom line and it’s one we’ve got to embrace.
“Hopefully we can come back to these places next year as it’s where we want to be. Hopefully if we win on Saturday we deserve to be in this league.”
“It (losing to Tottenham) is hard to take. We put so much effort in and got nothing out of it.
“Everyone gave everything and that’s the minimum required. Everyone left everything out there and you can’t ask for anything more.”
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