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31 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan insists that yesterday’s point gained from the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park can be a positive one, if it's followed by a result at home to AFC Bournemouth on Monday at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls ended 2017 with a disciplined away performance in the north east and sit 12th in the Premier League ahead going into the New Year, and the Australian stopper believes the draw on Tyneside can be a good one if the side can get a similar result against the Cherries.

He said, “It becomes a very good point if we can back it up with a win against AFC Bournemouth – a few times this season we’ve had results that lead into one another, so hopefully that can happen again. 

“They won on Saturday and it won't be an easy game, so we’ll have to look up for it and be positive and hopefully add to our points tally. 

“It’s important we look to build on the home win last Saturday and keep our home form  strong.”

The shut-out against Rafael Benitez’s men is the team’s third clean sheet in their last four matches, and the Australian keeper highlighted that the defensive solidity is something the group have prided themselves on during their first season in the Premier League.

“We like to get our defensive structure correct and we always feel that we base our play from that. 

“That’s been the basis of our play this season since I’ve arrived. We always set up solidly and I like that because if you don’t concede a goal you know you’re halfway to winning the game.

“By not conceding you always give yourself a chance within matches and if we can keep chipping away at the points tally then we’ll do okay.” 

The man in between the sticks for Chris Hughton’s men made two smart stops for Albion in the second half at St James’ Park. 

He was keen to emphasise the fact that those in front of him had played a big part in the side’s success so far this season, and that going forward the Seagulls would soon start to find the net.

“The guys in front of me have done a great job all year round. I just try and pick up the pieces and made a couple of saves on Saturday.

“I’m just always looking to help the team and play my part when the side needs me and thankfully I was able to do that. 

“For me it’s always a problem when you’re not creating chances because that’s when you need to worry.

“When you’re still creating them then it’s a matter of time before they start to go in  – it’s football and life in many respects – you just have to keep working hard.”

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