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RYAN: WE LEARN FROM EVERY GAME

7 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan takes charge of the ball against Swansea City.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan insists there are lessons to be learned from every game in the Premier League, after surviving a late surge of Swansea City pressure to keep hold of a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

The Swans struck the crossbar in stoppage time, after Ryan made an important stop from Tammy Abraham in the second half, and the Australian shot-stopper was pleased to see small mistakes go unpunished.

He said, “It happened very quickly, I noticed the touch had got a little bit away from Abraham and saw an opportunity to close the space and get in his face quickly.

“Football is a tough game sometimes, and if that had of gone in, it would have been another lesson for us.

“We’ve had our fair share of lessons since the last international break, with the Everton and Southampton games at home - these little details are the difference in not winning games.

“We didn’t get punished, but it’s another lesson we need to learn from going forward, as we head to the Amex after the international break.”

Ryan was delighted to keep back-to-back clean sheets away from home, as Albion rose to eighth position in the Premier League, but the 25-year-old is now determined to continue the positive form at the Amex.

“All week we’d been preparing [for Swansea], because it was a massive game, and it was great to keep our record going on the road.

“We need to make our home stadium a fortress, but picking up points away from home is always going to be an added bonus.

“The gaffer challenges us each week to be competitive in every game, and I still believe that’s been the case with every game this season.

“It was a fantastic result [v Swansea] and we can take that into the international break. Hopefully we can get back-to-back wins against Stoke when we come back.”


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