Goals from Shane Duffy and Neil Maupay sees Brighton maintain their perfect start to the 2021/22 Premier League season by beating Watford 2-0 at the Amex Stadium.
Duffy’s opener came from a Pascal Gross cross. The defender rose highest in the area to head home past Daniel Bachmann.
Maupay then doubled their lead before the break. Yves Bissouma took possession inside the Watford area before laying it off to the forward. He made no mistake as he expertly found the net before he had to be subbed off at half time with a shoulder injury.
Duffy’s first Premier League goal since November 2019 put Brighton in the driving seat, with the Ireland defender a popular scorer after a testing 18 months.
The 29-year-old spent last term on loan at Celtic after making just 12 starts in two years under boss Potter at Brighton.
But the death of his father and other off-field issues led to an error-strewn stint in Scotland, and Duffy did not starts for the Hoops after February.
Duffy returned to Brighton in the close season expecting to head out on loan again, only for his Seagulls status to turn entirely on its head.
Ben White’s £50million Arsenal move and injuries to Dan Burn, Adam Webster and Lewis Dunk opened the door – and Duffy has positively booted through the frame with his sparkling form.
Duffy might have impressed in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Burnley, but his towering header here cemented his hard-earned return to form.
Alongside Webster and skipper Dunk in defence, Duffy helped Potter’s men shut out a Watford side who could not cope with Potter’s tactical blueprint.