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Adaptable Ryan eager to keep learning

Maty Ryan is thoroughly enjoying the possession-based style under Graham Potter and feels he has adapted well to the new system.

By Alex Stedman • 09 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter and Maty Ryan exchange words at the final whistle on Saturday.

The Australian kept his third clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s impressive 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex, and spoke about being a key part of the side when the team have the ball.

He said, “The head coach wants to play a possession-based game and he’s asked us goalkeepers to be more comfortable with the ball at our feet and get involved in training with possession exercises.

“I’m just doing my best to adapt to the new style and I like being able to contribute to the side. 

“As a player in the modern age, you have to be able to adapt quickly and the players who can do that make it to the big leagues. 

“I try to do my best to apply myself each day and do what he asks of me - I want to keep ticking those boxes for him.”

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The four-man defence of Martin Montoya, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster and Dan Burn excelled in the aforementioned win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and Ryan spoke highly of how his outfield teammates have fared so far this term. 

“The lads in front of me are big and physical, but they’re all very comfortable on the ball, as are a lot of defenders in this league.

“The boys have bought into the new head coach’s philosophy from the very first day, and even when it’s been tough recently, we’ve stuck to what he’s asking us to try and do.

“There will always be challenges in this league with the opposition, but we can be proud that we’ve not shied away from those ideas when it’s been tough.

“We’ve been getting better with every performance, and it showed on Saturday.”

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