IRELAND defender Shane Duffy has held up his hand and admitted that he deserved to get dropped by Blackburn Rovers.
Following a disappointing 1-0 league defeat at home to Wolves, Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer made changes and Derry lad Duffy was one of those to lose out as he was axed for the next game. But Duffy was recalled for last week's FA Cup clash with Swansea City and played his part in a 3-1 win over the Premier League side.
Duffy admits that Bowyer was right to wield the axe. "I know by my own standards I haven't been good enough," said Duffy, who made his senior Ireland debut against Costa Rica last summer.
"I've been disappointed with myself and I fully deserved not to be in the team last week. But I'm pleased by the way I've reacted and I'm determined to get back in there.
"It's football. One week you can be the worst player in the world and the next you can be the best. You've just got to keep believing in your own ability but obviously confidence does play a big part.
"Saturday is going to help with my confidence because people felt I played well and I think I did all right."
Meanwhile, Blackburn's young Irish duo John O'Sullivan and Anthony O'Connor remain in limbo. Plymouth still hope to sign defender O'Connor but Barnsley's bid for midfielder O'Sullivan has been held up.