Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan challenged his team-mates to build on the momentum they formed before the international break, as the Seagulls look to move six points clear of today’s opponents Southampton in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton’s team secured maximum points against Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace before beating Millwall on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.
Albion return to Premier League action against the Saints this afternoon, and Ryan showed his understanding towards the importance of momentum, after contrasting spells of form with the Seagulls this season.
He said, “In my experience of the Premier League so far, it’s been a rollercoaster of momentum — positive momentum where you get a few wins in a row over a few weeks and put yourself in a good position.
“But then also periods where you can go five, six or seven games where you don't get a win. We had that from mid-January to the end of February.
“However, down to our good showing earlier in the season and having good characters to turn that form around recently, it’s put us in a good position to finish the campaign strongly.
“We’ve managed to switch that momentum now, we’ve had three wins on the trot, so we’ll be looking to add a fourth one, especially being at home. It’s a massive game for us.”
Albion, who have games in hand on all of the sides beneath them in the Premier League, sit five points ahead of the relegation zone, and Ryan is determined to take another step closer to safety.
“We’re still in a position where we need to be getting as many points as we can to stay in the Premier League, so our full focus is on the Southampton game this weekend.
“We’ll be hoping to continue the trend of making the Amex a fortress. We’re all very close and Saturday’s result can be pivotal in the fight to survive.
“I’m confident that if we take the game to them, and play to the level that’s served us well so far this season, we can add Southampton to the list of scalps we’ve had this year.”