Brighton defender reacts to defeat against 'quality' Liverpool side

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy felt the Seagulls acquitted themselves well against Premier League leaders Liverpool in their 1-0 defeat at the Amex this afternoon.

Saturday, 12th January 2019, 5:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th January 2019, 8:48 pm
Shane Duffy. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Mohamed Salah's penalty six minutes into the second half took Liverpool to victory and extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

Chances were few and far between during the 90 minutes for Brighton and Duffy said afterwards: "It's a little bit frustrating but they're a good team. We worked hard to try to stay in the game for long periods.

"They were good and you have to be careful. You don't want to go gung-ho because they'll punish you and get two, three or four and it could get embarrassing.

"We knew at half-time even if they did score that we'd have to stay in the game as long as we could and we might get a chance. It didn't happen today but they're a good team and don't concede many goals as you can see.

"I thought we did well, we defended well but we were up against top quality and it's always difficult against them for 90 minutes.

"You see their front three and if you make one mistake they can punish you and that's what did."

On the decision to award Liverpool the penalty after Salah went down under a Pascal Gross challenge, Duffy said: "It's tough. Pascal is up against one of the best players in the league. I felt we probably could have helped him out a little bit more.

"He held him up for long enough but got caught with him and he (Salah) moved the ball quick. It was unfortunate.

"I thought we put the effort in. We didn't get too many clear cut chances but if we'd got a point, we'd have been delighted.

"They had all the possession and all the ball and most of the chances but with the effort we put in and how we defended, we probably could have nicked a point."