Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan explained there is a lot to build on after securing another season of Premier League football, but admits they did it ‘the hard way’.
The Socceroos shot-stopper admits he was frustrated not to kick on from an impressive first half of the season, but says the primary objective at the start of the campaign was achieved.
He said, “We did it the hard way, but most importantly we managed to achieve our goal of being safe for next season.
“Looking back, we would’ve liked to capitalise on the position we were in at the halfway point with a healthy points tally at that time, and for whatever reason progress on in the way we would’ve liked.
“We made it hard for ourselves, but we got there in the end, and there’s plenty to learn and build on for next season.”
Ryan also congratulated City for winning the Premier League title with Sunday’s 4-1 win at the Amex, and described what it is like to play against Pep Guardiola’s side.
“With the number of quality individuals they have, and their patterns of play, it’s like playing a well-oiled machine.
“They all know what they’re doing in certain moments, and it’s like a chain reaction with all the players linked together.
“It’s because of that, they knock on the door so often. We did our best to try and thwart them and it was nice to take the lead, but switching off after you score and them hitting back so quickly, it was a bit of a sucker punch and then the game got away from us. The dream was alive for 84 seconds, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“Across the board in all competitions they’ve been quite strong. They may feel like they’ve fallen short with their European aspirations, but they’ve won the league and still got one cup to play for, so congratulations to them.”
Like the rest of the Albion squad, Ryan will head off on a summer break, and the goalkeeper is looking forward to some long-awaited downtime.
“It’s the first time in six years where I haven’t got an international game in the summer. This will be the only time in the next few years that we’ll have some time off and I’m going away looking forward to switching off my batteries.”