Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan was honest in his assessment of Saturday’s harsh 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City, and felt the team made it difficult for themselves on a tough afternoon in South Wales.
Sol Bamba’s 90th-minute strike gave Cardiff a controversial late winner, with the defender appearing to be in an offside position from deep inside the box, but Ryan believes this cannot be used as an excuse for the result.
He said, “It’s as tough as they come. We had a couple of big moments in the game and the goals they scored were too soft at the end of the day, which is disappointing.
“We got on the front foot and scored the goal, but we’ve got a pattern of scoring that first goal and then sitting back a little bit, which is frustrating.
“We’ve got to make life easier for ourselves. It was a good start, but the first goal we conceded was very soft; we had plenty of players around the ball and they still manage to find a ball into the box, and the deflection falls their way. You create your own luck, but they took their chance late on.
“My experience even if you’re a man down, is that if you work well within your structures you can still be difficult to break down, and we proved that until the last two minutes. It was a pinball type of goal, which fell to them at the end of the day.
“I think it’s a refereeing error for the second goal, but we’ve got to look at ourselves and deal with these situations better.”
Ryan gave his opinion on the sending off for Dale Stephens, and despite not seeing the incident clearly at the time, he explained the overall consensus was that it was a harsh decision.
“From where I was, I was quite a fair bit away, but Dale made the decision to go to ground and the guys were saying afterwards that he gets the ball before touching the player.
“It’s down to the referee’s interpretation, as I’m not sure where he was when the tackle came in.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Dale], the gaffer addressed us, and there wasn’t too much chatter, but the whispers were that he got the ball early and it was just the reaction afterwards that influenced their decision. I don’t know if it was a red card or not.”
The Australian emphasised the need to bounce back after the international break, as Ryan now looks ahead to matches against South Korea and Lebanon for the Socceroos before returning to club action against Leicester City on 24th November.
“It’s going to make the flight to Australia a bit longer, but you’ve got to learn from days like Saturday, take it on the chin, and when good days come by you’ll enjoy them even more.
“After the international break, we’ll look to respond in the best possible way at home, make the Amex a fortress and we’ll go that way wanting to win against Leicester.”