Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says the draw and performance away at Arsenal was the perfect response after the side’s Premier League status was secured on Saturday.
Glenn Murray’s second-half penalty earned Albion a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with the Gunners, and Ryan highlighted the importance of securing another season in the top flight.
He said, “That’s the goal that we set ourselves, and it’s nice that we’ve achieved that for next season. It’s hard to put into words, because that’s why we sacrifice all of our lives, and everyone at the club works tirelessly to maintain our Premier League status.
“When we set up objectives and goals at the start of the season, there’s no better feeling when you have mathematically achieved them. It’s nice to get a bit of icing on the cake with that result for our fans that turned up, and hopefully we can give them a good send off for the off-season come Sunday.
“Our spirit and togetherness gets us through games. You can talk about tactics and technical things, but if you don’t have that togetherness and that fighting spirit then everything else goes out the window.
“That’s what you’ve got to base yourselves on and that’s what we do. We’ve done that this season and that fighting spirit proves to be pivotal in every team.”
Ryan was pleased with his overall performance at the Emirates, and explained the side can be satisfied in gaining a point in north London.
“It’s always nice to contribute to the team when we get a bit of success. There’s a bit of a feeling of what could’ve been, as we had a couple of chances to win the game.
“It is what it is and it could’ve easily gone the other way too, after a couple of desperate blocks from the guys in front of me and a couple of saves that I was able to make.”
The Australian shot-stopper then looked ahead to the final match of the season at home to Manchester City next Sunday, and is eager to have a say in where the Premier League trophy goes.
“We’ve got our home fans there, and we want to make them proud one last time this season, and what better way to do it then beat a title contender and effect history?
“If we’re able to get a draw or win and have a massive say in who wins the title, then that would be the icing on the cake for the season.”