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22 December 2018

Bennett Dean
Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan in action against AFC Bournemouth.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan admitted that the side were made to pay for not taking their chances in this afternoon’s 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

A goal in either half from David Brooks gave the home side all three points in the south coast clash, and the Australian reflected on a frustrating afternoon.

“It’s a difficult game to assess, we created quite a few chances but failed to have the composure to take them.

“They went up the other end and scored with pretty much their only shot on target in the first half - so it’s very frustrating.

“We turned the ball over too cheaply and put ourselves under pressure too many times, and we didn’t sort out their setup going forward, and we ended up giving the goalscorer David Brooks too much space.”

Chris Hughton’s side created a host of clear-cut opportunities during the first period but couldn’t capitalise on their openings, and the goalkeeper emphasised the need to pick up clean sheets to turn around the team’s fortunes.

“We have to work hard to get out of this run – if we keep clean sheets you can’t lose a match and we need to get back to that.

“We’ve been scoring a lot more goals this season, and so I’m confident that if we can start tightening up defensively the form will turn around. 

“We want to get back to being hard to break down, but if you make little errors in this league you do get punished and it makes it even more difficult to come back when you’re behind.”

Lewis Dunk received a red card after bringing down Callum Wilson in the second half, leading to Mike Dean showing the defender a second yellow card – but Ryan revealed that his team-mate wasn’t aware he was already on a booking.

“Lewis [Dunk] didn’t know that he was already on a yellow card – I remember thinking at the time during the second half that I wasn’t sure if Lewis or Yves [Bissouma] got booked.

“He’s told us he wasn’t aware, so it wasn’t made clear to him – from memory both him and Bissouma were close to the incident.

“Perhaps if he was aware then he wouldn’t be making a challenge like that, because it’s the type which is uncharacteristic of him and it’s one that you make for the team as a sacrifice to break up play – if he’d known he wouldn’t have made it.”

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