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RYAN PLEASED WITH FORM AFTER TRICKY START

26 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan kept a third clean sheet at the London Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan believes he is now proving his worth in-between the goalposts after a difficult start to the season, following a string of fine performances and three clean sheets.
 
The Australian shot-stopper pulled off a spectacular double save against Everton last time at the Amex, before another shutout at the London Stadium, and Ryan has been pleased with his recent form for the Seagulls.
 
He said, “There were probably a few question marks at the beginning, people thinking I needed a little more time to settle in or that I couldn’t quite cut it, but I thought I was a little unlucky in a few situations.
 
“But since the last international break, I feel like I’ve settled in, got to know my players a little bit more and had a couple of nice results.
 
“Some advice I got when I was really young, from my mother and people around me, was ‘only concentrate on what you can control’.
 
“I’ve got to use the competition [from other goalkeepers] to make me even better. The club signed me as their number one goalkeeper and I’ve been eager to get out there and do well for the team.
 
“For me, there’s no better feeling than having walked off the pitch, having played a nice game and collected three points.”
 
Growing up in Australia, the 25-year-old supported Arsenal, and after making his first appearance at the Emirates Stadium a few weeks back, Ryan reflected on a memorable experience, despite losing 2-0 to the Gunners.
 
“It was a bit surreal walking out there, after watching so many historic games in the past. The atmosphere was a little bit funny, and I don’t know whether it’s because they’re such a global club.
 
“They get a lot of international fans going to the games and the atmosphere isn’t quite as big as playing a smaller team with local fans who sing songs every week.
 
“Our atmosphere here in Brighton was louder than the atmosphere at the Emirates. But the experience of playing against Petr Cech and some of those guys, was great; it was a nice match and memory.”
 
After moving to England from Belgium this summer, Ryan reflected on the differences between Brighton and his previous destinations, but admitted his enjoyment at living on the south coast.
 
“It’s very different compared to Valencia. It’s obviously very mediterranean there, with a lot of sun, but I played in Brugge for two years as well, and that’s just on the other side of the channel.
 
“All the talk when I came here was about how it’s one of the best places to live in England. You’ve got the sea and it’s not quite as cold as further up north. I’m really enjoying the city.”


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