Date: 15th February 2016 at 10:21am
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The game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday was the last game of Liam Ridgewell’s loan spell with us and he now departs back to Portland Timbers.

Having come in a month ago, the MLS sides skipper heads out with four wins from five Championship games under his belt and whilst he said he was disappointed to be leaving, he wished the squad all the best in a hunt for an automatic promotion spot this year.

Speaking to the Official Site following his last run out for us, Ridgewell said.

‘It will be a shame to leave but it’s time to go back and play for Portland Timbers in the MLS. My time here has been fantastic. A big thanks to all those at the club who have looked after me and made me welcome. Brighton are a fantastic team with some fantastic players and hopefully I’ve helped them to push on and secure that automatic spot. The fans have been fantastic, they have welcomed me with open arms and I really appreciate that and I wish them all the best.’

As for Bolton itself, with Brighton taking a three two win on the day, he said of the game.

‘It was a bit of a difficult game. They sat back and gave us a lot of the ball but we scored the goals that we needed in the end. They were sloppy goals that we conceded and obviously the lads will want to cut that out. It was good to get the win but the goals against have given us something to think about. It shows the league how good we are though, to come back from those goals and kicking on. We have a lot of goals in the team.’

With the weather of late back in England and it being a bitterly cold day at the Amex Stadium for his sign off, Ridgewell did joke that he couldn’t be sorry that he was returning to warmer climes now.

‘Today was a little bit colder so hopefully it will be a little bit warmer for me back in Portland!’

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