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Great to get the win for the fans

21 March 2016

Shane Duffy dedicated Saturday's victory over Brentford to the Rovers supporters.

The Irishman delighted the 800 blue and white faithful in attendance by not only scoring the 86th minute winner at Griffin Park, but then joining the fans behind the goal in celebration.

Duffy and the rest of the squad had to defend for long spells after captain Grant Hanley saw red, but the goalscorer felt the win was fully deserved at the end of a busy schedule.

"It was a great feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net," said Duffy.

"I'm just delighted to get the three points because it's been tough on the road and it's been a tough old month.

"Tuesday night was disappointing from us and I know a lot of fans travelled and paid a lot of money for a ticket.

"It was great support from them again, it wasn't the prettiest match for them to watch, but to get the winner like that, it was definitely worth the yellow card."

Saturday's strike was Duffy's third goal of the season, and the giant defender admits that he really should have added more to his tally.

But he showed the striking instincts of a seasoned centre-forward when he latched onto Tony Watt's cut-back to fire high into the roof of the net.

He added: "It was probably the last person you wanted it to drop to but I struck it on the sweet spot. I'll teach the strikers a few things in training next week!

"I didn't expect the ball off Tony Watt. I thought he was going to shoot first time so it was great composure from him. I don't think he knew who he was passing it to but he set it and I was delighted it went in.

"So I might as well starting shooting from there rather than using my head!

"I should have more goals but hopefully I'll get a few more between now and the end of the season."

Duffy has now linked up with the Republic of Ireland squad for their international friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia.

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