Date: 27th September 2017 at 1:53pm
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Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has been speaking about adjusting to life at Brighton, and Lewis Dunk has been speaking about the confidence in the camp following victory over Newcastle.

Beginning with Ryan, the Australian made the move to the club over the summer and he’s certainly been busy between the sticks as we continue to adjust to life in the Premier League but he felt the club showed more of their best in the weekend’s victory over Newcastle.

With Ryan called into action in the second minute of the game, keeping out Mikel Merino’s effort, he told the Official Site.

‘I was taken a little bit by surprise, it seems to be the theme at the minute. I guess in England the defence tend to sit a lot deeper than what I have played with in the past. With a defender trying to block it, you don’t have a clear view on the ball, and everything happens so quickly. I just try to react and thankfully I was able to keep this one out, but the rest of the guys in front of me scrambled well and did a great job. I was just sort of there picking up the pieces. Rob Elliot made a fantastic save to keep it at 1-0 and we were really searching for that second one, but we got the three points, so happy days.’

Ryan went on to say that he hoped the victory would give the team some momentum and we could move further away from the bottom of the table now and keep ourselves clear of that particular battle this year.

‘Fingers crossed we won’t be in the relegation dog fight. You don’t plan to struggle the whole year. Hopefully we can keep picking up points and we won’t find ourselves in that battle. There is no better feeling than a win. Hopefully we can convert a lot more home games into wins and avoid any sort of relegation struggle.’

As for Dunk, he knew the result would the perfect confidence boost as we now go into a particularly tough game against Arsenal.

‘They`re the games you have to win in this league, against our rivals down the bottom of the league. It was a massive result for us, and we defended for our lives in the last 20 minutes and got the clean sheet. They`re the most enjoyable wins for me and Duffs. The clean sheet is a little bonus for us and now we can look forward to Arsenal. We`re on track now. Whatever we get there is a bonus, because you`re not expected to get a win against the top sides, but if we can nick a point or all three, we`ll be buzzing on the way home. We`ll go there and work our socks off.’

Reflecting on our start to the season, Dunk continued to see positive signs.

‘It`s a great start if you look at it from the games we`ve had. We`ve won the games we had to win and we`ve done well in the ones we`re not expected to win. We`re getting comfortable in this league. We controlled games quite a lot last year in the Championship. We`re used to it, especially at home, so we had to take that into this year and play the same way. We`ll continue doing it this season and hopefully we can finish as high as we can.’

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