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RYAN PROUD OF ALBION'S DEFENSIVE RECORD

4 May 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan admitted his pride towards the team’s defensive record in the Premier League this season, as they find themselves in the top half of the table when it comes to goals conceded.

The Seagulls rank eighth in the Premier League on goals conceded after 35 matches, and Ryan always felt their defensive attributes would come good for Chris Hughton’s team after joining the club last summer.

He said, “It’s a great statistic for us as a team. It’s been a team effort for that record, and any other records that we have.

“Coming here, it was evident that our defensive structure was one of our strengths. That’s what the team built their success on in the past.

“If you don’t concede a goal, the worst case scenario is walking away with a draw. It’s helped us on nine occasions this season.

“The guys have defended with such desperation and dedication, and that’s enabled us to take the position that we’re currently in at the moment, which will hopefully see us get safe.”

Albion host Manchester United in their final home game of the season this evening, and Ryan reflected on the team’s positive performances at Old Trafford in both the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.

“We were unfortunate that we didn’t get some luck that day. It was pretty harsh to give that goal as an own goal to Dunky, but we were unlucky to concede the way we did and go home with nothing.

“However, we take confidence from the two performances that we’ve had against them. We welcome them to the Amex on Friday and we’ve been very strong at home.

“We’ve had some success over big teams recently, and fingers crossed that we can take something from this game as well.”

The Australian has played every minute of Premier League football for the Seagulls this season, and he revealed the enjoyment he’s had during his first season in English football.

“It’s been great playing here in the Premier League, with the challenges that come with it - playing against the best players and teams, and playing at some of the best stadiums in the world.

“There’s three games to go and I won’t settle on having a good season until it’s complete. That’s the focus now - to finish the season strongly.

“But to look back and have a year of Premier League experience under my belt - it’s a great time to be a footballer.”


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