Shane Duffy might’ve won man of the match on his first Premier League start at Goodison Park but the Everton defender believes the Merseysiders must improve their home form.
The 20-year-old from Derry had a fine game at the heart of the defence during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers but thought Everton should’ve held on to win. Tim Cahill scored his first goal in over a year to give the Toffees the lead in controversial circumstances after it appeared as though Marouane Fellaini had used his hand before David Goodwillie bundled an untidy equaliser in the second half.
“We were disappointed and felt we could have had all three points,” Duffy, whose father Brian from Letterkenny, and mum Siobhan were at the match. “We should be taking them really in games like this, but sometimes it happens.”
Everton have won just three of their 11 home fixtures in the Premier League this term but have an opportunity to make it to the fifth round of the FA Cup when they take on Fulham on Friday night.
“We now have to get ourselves together and move on for Friday,” Duffy continued. “It’s massive. The fans have not really had much to cheer this season, our home form has not been the greatest. Hopefully we can turn it around at some stage and kick on.”
Duffy has found himself catapulted into the first-team picture at Goodison recently, with Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both sidelined by injury. The Republic of Ireland U-21 international enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at League One outfit Scunthorpe United earlier this season, and Duffy admits the experience has helped his development as a player.
“It definitely helped me,” he said. “It just gives you confidence really to go out and play. You feel you are improving each week, and coming back and playing with better players around you, it makes it a lot easier.
“When you are playing alongside a Dutch international (John Heitinga), it makes it a lot easier. He helps me a lot and so does Phil Neville. I can’t ask for much more if I am honest.”