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13 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Mathew Ryan

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says that the side will approach Saturday’s game away to Crystal Palace with confidence.

The Seagulls travel to Selhurst Park four places and four points above this weekend’s opponents, and the Australian highlighted the need for composure ahead of the contest.

He said, “You can’t approach the match in a different way to another, but there’s just an extra special feeling and you feel that on the day of the game. 

“Every game we’ve had on the road this season has seen us sell out away ends, so hopefully we can go there and make our fans proud of us. 

“The atmosphere is something you have to deal with as a footballer, experience is key for that. Personally, I lose myself in the game where I’m following the ball – it can come naturally to block it out.

“Stoppages in play can sometimes let you hear the crowd, perhaps before the game when you arrive you take it in a bit, but we wouldn’t be in this industry if we didn’t know how to handle that sort of stuff.” 

Albion will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after defeats to Everton and Leicester City, and a draw against Huddersfield Town last weekend.

Despite recent results, Ryan stressed that the mood within the squad is a positive one as the side targets three points in a bid to take a huge step towards Premier League safety.

“The mood in the dressing room is upbeat because we’ve put ourselves in a great position to achieve what we set-out to at the start of the season. 

“Now we’re looking to finalise that for next year and make sure we’re in the Premier League.

“Another win at this stage would be big for us – we looked at the number of points that usually gets you safety, but there are lots of factors that influence that.

“With the league as close as it is this season, you can’t be too sure what that exact number will be, but with every point we can gain we’ll be feeling a bit more secure.”

The keeper’s first season in the Premier League has seen him start every league match of the campaign to date, and he's relished the challenges posed by England's top flight.

“My first season in English football has been a massive learning curve for me – being back out on the pitch regularly has been big too.

“I’ve stayed fit and I’m really enjoying the challenges of this division each week, I’m just trying to contribute to the club and the environment. 

“It’s a great place to be settled and live, I’m feeling really happy but the job isn’t done yet – I want to be able to achieve Premier League safety and then I’ll be able to reflect on the year as a whole.”

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