Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan reflected on two crucial first half saves from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Amex Stadium.
The Australian twice denied the Gabonese striker during the first half on the south coast, first tipping over the visiting striker’s lobbed effort and then denying him in a one on one soon after.
He said, “Sometimes the best saves are the ones people don’t expect – I surprised myself a little bit for the first one.
“When you get a sensation, you know it’s a really good stop, and that’s what I got for the one I tipped over the crossbar.
“I tried to keep it inside, but you do get pumped when you help the team, because I just want to contribute to the side, and we managed to get a good point this afternoon.”
After Aubameyang had beaten Ryan to put the away side one goal ahead, the latter aforementioned save was soon followed by an equaliser from Jurgen Locadia, and the keeper compared the two stops.
“The saves are what we work hard for every day as goalkeepers, it’s our job to help the team when called upon.
"He’s [Aubameyang] a top-class striker – the first save came about because I sort of half-anticipated to try and go and collect the ball, but I backpedaled as quickly as I could and managed to tip it over.
“I felt a little bit more in control in the one on one and I got a solid hand behind it – it was a key moment in the game, but any save is for me because I don’t want to concede in my position.”
The Seagulls enjoyed the greater share of chances in the second period after drawing themselves back on level terms, and Ryan reflected honestly on the contest against Unai Emery’s men.
“I felt while the game was level we put them under pressure at the right times and we saw that we could cause them problems.
“We were getting joy from that and created chances, we just lacked that cutting edge to put them away to take the lead.
“It’s mixed feelings, whoever we come up against we want to win – in the grand scheme of things we’ve got a good points tally so far, and we’ve added to that.”