Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan believes that Ben Roberts is the best goalkeeping coach he’s had in his career, highlighting the improvement in his own game along with that of David Button and Jason Steele in recent weeks.
Ryan has been impressed with the performances of Button and Steele during his absence, and the Australian explained that Roberts has played a huge part in their excellent progress.
He said, “It’s all to come to light about how well he’s [Button] been doing, but for me, nothing has changed from the beginning of the season.
“When Jason and David came in, it was evident how good they were as keepers. Having been under Ben for a good sixth months now, their games have gone to another level, and you see that in training.
“Ben Roberts is very good at what he does. He’s probably the best goalkeeping coach I’ve had in my career in terms of the methodology in his training, his preparation and the ability to the get the best out of his goalkeepers; that sets him apart from the rest.
“I’ve heard Steeley had a very good game in the cup against Bournemouth and Butts was phenomenal in the four matches he’s played until now. He’s done a great job, his debut was a clean sheet and he was able to create some unbelievable memories making saves at Man United away and he and should be proud.”
The shot-stopper’s first game back was in the 4-2 defeat at Fulham on Tuesday, and Ryan spoke about adjusting to the wintry conditions in London, which were in stark contrast to the heat of the United Arab Emirates where Ryan was representing Australia at the Asian Cup.
“Physically and mentally I felt great, it wasn’t as far as some of my previous trips with the national team.
“I got back on Saturday, trained Sunday and Monday and played on Tuesday. I felt great and the biggest thing was adjusting to weather conditions, but as a footballer adaptability is one thing you have to be good at, whether that’s adapting to different coaching or playing systems or the weather conditions.
“The more you have in your arsenal, the more complete you are as a footballer. I’ve been working hard this week to learn from the Fulham game and try to contribute to the success of the team.”
Next up is a match against Watford at the Amex, and the keeper is feeling positive about the side's chances of returning to winning ways and erasing memories of the 2-0 defeat to the Hornets on the opening day of the season.
“Payback comes into it from that first result, but I’m very competitive anyway and want to do everything in my power to get a win against them.
“I want to do everything I can on the training pitch to get myself in the best possible shape to physically and mentally contribute to the club.
"I’m very confident of coming back to the Amex with the characters we have in the dressing room and getting the result we want this weekend."