Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan hailed Saturday’s win over Huddersfield Town as one of the biggest victories during his time at the club, and hopes it can be a turning point for the remainder of the season.
Albion headed into the game without a league win in 2019, and Ryan was delighted to put that winless run to bed.
He said, “We’ve had a lot of suffering of late, so to come out with the three points in the way we got the result is a big relief.
“They’re three of the most important points that we’ve had in my time here, so it’s nice to get a league win and the monkey off our back.
“We’ve not been winning, and obviously we want to do the club and the area proud, and you do that by being successful.
“It’s been a hard slog of late and through these moments you try and use your common sense to tell you that hard work will get you through it.
“The hard times teach you to enjoy the good times so much more, so I’m definitely going to have a smile on my face this week.”
Ryan feels that having an open and frank dressing room has helped during the recent patchy run of form, and highlighted two important meetings after Tuesday’s game against Leicester City.
“We’ve got an honest changing room and if anyone has anything to say, there’s no hesitation in saying it.
“On top of that we know that anything that is said at any moment is directed at helping the team perform and be successful.
“The Leicester game was the turning point; we sat down and had a meeting in the changing room and also on Thursday morning with the playing group, just to reiterate the important facts.
“It’s also about making sure we’re learning from these past games, the moments where we’ve done well and what we need to keep doing, that’s life and the lessons of life and football.
“The win on Saturday has been a result of us standing together and overcoming the challenge.”