Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan highlighted the passion and desire shown in their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, as the Seagulls played for more than an hour with ten men but managed to claim all three points.
Chris Hughton’s side found themselves 3-0 up at the break following Shane Duffy’s sending off in the 28th minute, and Albion’s number one believes his team-mates outworked their opponents despite their numerical disadvantage.
He said, “I think we just wanted it much more. We showed desire to win, and even though we were a man down on the pitch, we showed our willingness to work together.
“The crowd definitely gave us a boost and acted as an extra hundred men out there. It was a great night for the club and I’m very grateful to have been a part of it.
“It’s extra special because any derby or rivalry like this is special for the fans. Obviously we go out into every match trying to make them proud.
“But in this one there’s that extra bit of feeling to it due to the history between the two clubs and it’s nice to get one back on them.”
Florin Andone scored a spectacular goal shortly before the interval at the Amex Stadium, and Ryan believes Albion fans are now starting to see the best of the Romanian, who has found the back of the net in back-to-back games.
“It’s a super goal from him. He had a little bit of an injury when he first came but he’s slowly starting to find his feet.
“He’s got his fitness and health back to 100% and we’re now reaping the benefits from that. He showed once again what he’s capable of doing.
“He’s a loud character around the changing room, you definitely know he’s there and he’s got his football to match that aspect of his personality.
“If you’re a defender you know he’s not going to be far away, nipping at your heels — it’s the type of player he is.
“He leaves it all out on the pitch whether he’s training or playing, and he can be quite a handful. He’s smart and sharp and he’s got that killer instinct in front of goal.”
The Seagulls have taken 14 points from a possible 21 at home so far this season, and Ryan insists the team must continue to make the Amex a difficult place to visit in the Premier League.
“We pride ourselves on our home form and in this league you need to take advantage of any little thing to get the biggest amount of points, and playing at home is one of them.
“This season and last season we have managed to make the Amex quite a formidable place to come to and we’ve picked up a lot of points here.
“It’s been good up until now but there’s a long way to go. We’ll enjoy our day off and come Thursday our mind will be on Burnley.”