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24 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Maty Ryan speaks to Premier League Productions.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan believes the team are right to prioritise their defensive side of the game, but would also like to relieve pressure by forcing greater deficits for opposing teams to contend with.

Leicester City arrive at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, and after back-to-back defeats for the Seagulls, Ryan believes the focus must be on making themselves hard to beat again.

He said, “Anyone who knows the gaffer would know that his primary focus is the defensive structure and proving ourselves to be difficult to break down.

“That’s been proven so far this season and over the years with the number of clean sheets the club has had. That’s served the club well and quite often results in victory.

“We had that run of three clean sheets this season and we won all of those games. If we’re keeping a clean sheet, then we’re halfway to winning a game and won’t lose it.

“That’s his focus at the beginning, but a little more attention has gone towards retaining the ball better than we have done previously, because even in the victories we’ve had, we’ve suffered defensively in those games.

“It would be nice to be a little more consolidating when we have the ball and score a second or third goal to sure up a result. That’s been the focus ahead of Saturday’s game.”

Ryan made his 50th consecutive Premier League start for the Seagulls at Cardiff City last time out, and the 26-year-old took time to appreciate his move to England, which has proven relatively successful for the Australian.

“Looking back, I don’t think I could have made a better decision at that time of my career. I’ve been loving and thriving off every second of it to be honest.

“When you come to a club in this league, with the facilities and history that it has, how can you not enjoy being a footballer in an environment like this?

“It’s an absolute pleasure to represent the club, area and fans in the Premier League. I’m loving every minute of it and trying to do my best to contribute towards more success for the club.”

While away on international duty, Ryan saw the news of Lewis Dunk’s England debut and Glenn Murray’s new deal on the south coast, and the shot-stopper showed his happiness for both players on his return.

“I’m over the moon for Lewis. In my time at the club, he’s been an absolute rock in the heart of defence. He’s obviously from around this area and grew up with the club, and he thoroughly deserves the success he’s having.

“I was really happy to see him make his England debut. He wasn't only representing England, but also the region where he comes from, the club and the fans. Hopefully he’s got many more matches ahead of him.

“Glenn’s football does the talking and he’s been very clinical for us so far this season. He was also pivotal for us last season and I think his new contract is a reward for how good he’s been doing. I’m very happy to see his future prolonged at the club.”

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