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13 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan highlighted the learning curve involved in facing the big Premier League teams, and was left frustrated that the two goals conceded were down to defensive errors.

Albion held on for 70 minutes against Manchester City and Ryan says the team can still take a lot of confidence from their defensive work.

He said, “We wanted to get something from this game in front of our home fans; it was disappointing in that aspect but there was patches throughout the match where we had a little bit of momentum.

“They're obviously going to dictate a lot of the play. Defensively we stood up numerous times in the first half and then we shot ourselves in the foot at crucial times in the second half; both goals were preventable and we have to move on from that.

“This team has not played anyone big in the last couple of seasons, so there’s not a lot of experience playing against these sides.

“We need to stick together for our defensive work. In the last two games, the goals we have conceded have come down to our errors and not down to great play from the opposition.

“Fingers crossed we can rectify that going forward, but we are still finding our structure.”

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