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30 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton touched upon the reliability Maty Ryan provides in goal for the Seagulls, after the Australian helped his team-mates keep a third Premier League clean sheet in succession.

Albion withstood a barrage of pressure towards the end of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Hughton spoke positively about what the in-form 26-year-old brings to the table.

He said, “What you want is a level of consistency. When you’re a goalkeeper at Brighton, you’re going to be tested.

"The top-six clubs can have goalkeepers that play games and don’t get tested so much, but we are always going to be under pressure.

“You need a keeper that’s consistent and calm. He works very hard and he’s a different type of goalkeeper, he’s not a classic six-foot-five goalkeeper, but he’s been great for us.

“He will make mistakes and have difficult periods, just the same as every other goalkeeper, but we’ve been delighted with his consistency.”

Also contributing towards the hat-trick of clean sheets has been club captain Bruno, and Hughton insisted the Premier League’s oldest player is deserving his place in the side.

“Bruno is captain and he’s realistic. When we brought in [Martin] Montoya at the start of the season, Bruno understood why we brought him in.

“He understands that at 38 years of age, there’s some doubt involved. He’s got competition and he’s not somebody that will play for a whole season.

“We look after him and do the right things, but if he continues to earn the right and train as well as he does, then it’s always a decision I will have to make.

“I probably wouldn't sign Bruno now at 38, but he’s earned the right. I understand policies about signing players at a certain age, but it’s different when you’ve got somebody in your ranks already and they’re continually doing it.”

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