Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan praised the side's character to recover from two goals down to draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Monday evening.
Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray found the back of the net to secure a 2-2 draw, and the Australian highlighted the resolve shown by the team, but also emphasised the importance of tightening things up in defence over the coming weeks.
He said, “In this league you can’t afford to give a lead to anyone, but we showed good character.
“The challenge now is to begin games in the same way we started the second half, and we need to tidy up a few things as well.
“We’re conceding quite a few goals at the moment and we’re not giving ourselves the best possible chance of winning matches – when you keep a clean sheet you won’t lose the game – I’m confident in our ability to score goals, so we need to get back to keeping clean sheets.”
A first-half strike from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and a Danny Ings penalty after the restart had put Mark Hughes’s men two goals to the good heading into the final 25 minutes of the game, and Ryan highlighted the importance of avoiding too many more uphill struggles.
“We don’t want to find ourselves in that situation in this league – it’s a competitive division and every game is hard enough as it is.
“If we want to do as well as we can this year, then we have to be consistent over a full 90 minutes.
“When we’re chasing the game, I feel like we lift and go into an extra gear, we have to do that before it gets to that situation.
“But overall it’s another point to the tally on the road and considering the circumstances, we’ll take it.”
The goalkeeper explained that the players were self critical of their first-half performance during the break, and how it served as motivation for an improved display after half time.
“There were a few words at half time and rightly so, because we set the benchmark in recent weeks and didn’t reach those in the first half.
“We didn’t match the standards we know we can reach in the first half in terms of willingness and commitment - they won all those battles, but in the second half when we did start to do that, we made a game of it.
“But to play in a top league like this one you have to always be at those levels – the more you can maintain those standards, the more games you’ll win in this Premier League, and so that’s what we now have to continue to try and do.”