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RYAN: OUR FOCUS HAS TO BE ON CARDIFF NOW

5 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Maty Ryan says the side must now focus on Cardiff City next weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan insists that the side must use next weekend’s game away to Cardiff City to atone for Saturday’s defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Chris Hughton’s side were on the end of a 3-1 defeat in Merseyside, but the Australian pointed to Albion’s next contest in Wales as being the perfect chance to make amends for the result against Marco Silva’s men. 

He said, “We have to focus on next weekend now – it’s our chance to bounce back. 

“It’ll be a tough battle and a physical one, you can sense they have a real togetherness like ourselves and when they play at home they fight and scrap for anything and everything. 

“Those are their strengths, they make the most of what they have, and we have to go out there and be fully committed in the way that’s served us so well recently, and I’m confident then if we do that we can get the result that we need."

A brace from Richarlison and a second-half strike from Seamus Coleman cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s first goal of the season in the north west, and the keeper reflected honestly on the afternoon.

“It’s probably a fair result – for the majority of the game we were second best. We didn’t keep the ball well enough – we showed character to get back into the game, but it wasn’t enough in the end. 

“They fired a few warning signs after half-time and hit the post, we didn’t learn from that and they got the second and third to kill off the game.

“They’re powerful and have good technical players, but the onus is always on us. We’ve had plenty of experiences to know what it takes to come to places like this and get results. I don’t think we stuck to our level for as long as we needed to.”

The Seagulls came into the match on the back of three top-flight victories – the first time the feat had been achieved since 1981, but Ryan emphasised that the side didn’t have their recent form in their minds before the trip to the Toffees. 

“We’ve been on a good run, but nobody was getting carried away with that because we know how difficult this division can be. 

“I don’t feel like there was any complacency on our part but over the course of the season you have good and tough periods, so it’s about trying to eliminate the latter – that onus falls on us and how we deliver the game plan and we just didn’t do it well enough.

“But we’ve got good competition in the squad now and we’ve strengthened our options – the changes we make during games are seeing people come on who have the experience to change matches.”


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