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RYAN'S PRAISE FOR TREMENDOUS FANS

13 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan highlighted the special relationship he has with the fans, and expressed his gratitude for their tremendous support so far this season.
 
The Australian international explained his desire to show his appreciation for their unrelenting backing, having entered the stands at the end of the last two home matches against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.
 
He said, “It’s a thing I’ve done in the past, I like to give something back. When I was a kid and went to a sporting event, it would give me joy for weeks if I touched a famous person and would be something I’d mention to all my friends.
 
“If I can provide that to the people that give up their money to buy tickets and time to support us, then I’m happy to give that back.
 
“For the West Brom game, there were a few Brugge fans [Mat's former club] that made me go back into the stands.
 
“Before the Newcastle game, a gentleman sitting behind the goal with his two kids asked if he could get a photo and as I was in my game mode, I said I’d do it after the game.
 
“I just went back there to search for him afterwards and the steward said he’d left! When that happens you go in there to look for him and everyone asks for a photo! You can’t say no, so I try to please as many people as I can and I was on my merry way after that!”
 
Ryan also commented on the tremendous atmosphere at the Amex this season, and explained how he welcomes the increased competition for places in the goalkeeping ranks.
 
“I don’t know what the decibel levels are in that stadium when we’ve scored a goal, but the roof just lifts off.
 
“When you’re winning games and keeping clean sheets as a goalkeeper, in atmospheres like that, they are some of the sweetest moments you have as a footballer.
 
“It’s great for the club to have as much competition as possible in every position.
 
“It raises the levels of your performances in training and in matches. You’re pushing each other to the best that you can play and that’s only going to complement the team going forward.
 
“If someone needs to be replaced or someone’s form is not as strong, it’s always going to keep you on your toes and hopefully help us to achieve more success going forward.”


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