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29 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton praised Mathew Ryan after producing another superb double save in last night’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Australian kept out Christian Benteke’s first shot before recovering quickly to deny Wilfried Zaha, and Hughton highlighted the significance of the two stops.

He said, “They were very good. Generally we have been reasonably compact as a side and haven’t allowed the opposition a lot of chances, which is testament to us.

"But what you do need when those chances come is a goalkeeper that can get you out of trouble and he's pulled off some really good saves in those moments.”

The result was Albion’s fourth draw in a row at home, and Hughton admits that teams are enjoying the challenge of playing at the Amex.

"Palace are on the back of a good win at the weekend and when you look at their team on paper, it's a very strong team with a lot of ability to score goals.

"On top of that you've got Stoke who are incredibly experienced in this division, and a Southampton team that have also been in this division for a few years and have developed very, very well.

"We are playing against better teams and the Amex is not a bad place to come and play.

"What we could have got away with in the last couple of years in the Championship is harder to do in this division.”

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