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RYAN: BIG POINT FEELS LIKE A WIN

20 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Maty Ryan

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says that today’s draw away to Wolves at Molineux feels like a win.

The 0-0 stalemate in the Midlands moved the Seagulls three points clear of the relegation zone and given the fact Chris Hughton’s men hold a superior goal difference to 18th placed Cardiff City, the keeper admitted the point felt like much more.

He said, “The point means a lot in the context of things, it almost feels like we’ve won the game.

“With our superior goal difference, it could prove to be big come the end of the season – any points are vital at this stage of the campaign.

“Given our recent run it feels good to come here and give a reaction, and the clean sheet is testament to the effort of everyone today.”

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The Australian made two crucial stops in the second period – first to deny Leander Dendoncker from point-blank range, before thwarting the midfielder again from a header three minutes from time.

“I can only make the saves that the defence allow me to – when they’re giving their all to throw themselves at everything, it means the opposition have to work extra hard for those opportunities,” he continued.

“I was able to get out to the chance and make myself big, but the fact I was able to do that is tribute to everyone in front of him.

“It’s a fantastic effort to deny them this afternoon, and I’m just glad to help the team.”

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The Seagulls next travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening, and with four games of the season to go, the stopper emphasised the need to keep giving the same effort in the contests that remain.

“Every game is a final now and we have to leave everything out on the pitch every time we go out there.

“Recently we felt like we haven’t been wanting a result as much as our opponents, and that was frustrating because it what we based ourselves on.

“Today was a chance to fix that and we have a big draw to show for it.”


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