Duffy Bemoans Albion's Poor Performance At Everton

Brighton defender Shan Duffy says they weren't up to the standards they hold themselves to in their 2-0 loss at Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Albion were on the back foot for most of the game, having to fend off constant pressure from the hosts throughout without causing them much trouble at the other end of the pitch.

The sides went into the break level, however the Seagulls fell behind to a Gaetan Bong own goal on the hour mark before Cenk Tosun sealed the win for the Toffees on 76 minutes and ended Albion's seven game unbeaten run. The final ten minutes saw Anthony Knockaert sent off for a two-footed lunge on Leighton Baines, with Maty Ryan also making a wonderful save to deny Wayne Rooney from the penalty spot in the final ten minutes of the game.

Duffy believes they started right when they came back out the dressing room after half time, but they still weren't able to reach the levels required to get anything from the match.

"It was a tough game. I don't think we turned up and got punished for it.

"It was a disappointing performance from us. It wasn't really us. When they are on it like that they can punish you and that's what happened.

"It's frustrating because we thought we'd got over the period of them having control. We started the second half pretty well but I just don't think it was there from the start today.

"It wasn't good enough but it's a blip. We've just got to pick ourselves up because we've been here before.

"The run's over but we'll go again."

Despite the defeat and dropping one place down the Premier League table, Albion remain on 34 points - seven above the bottom three heading into their final eight games of the season. With 40 points the target most consider the amount needed for survival, almost all Seagulls fans will be confident that their side will reach that number come their final game at Liverpool on May 13th.

Whilst Albion's Republic of Ireland international acknowledges that they're happy with how they've done in their first top flight campaign for 35 years, he says they can't ignore the way in which they were beaten at Goodison Park.

"We know we've done well. It's not over one game is a season, it's over 38.

"You can only lose so many but it's the manner in which we lost it today which is disappointing.

"I think we got dominated for the majority of the game. If you look back over most of the season we haven't really been dominated like that."

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