We wanted it more - Mathew Ryan on Brighton's win against Crystal Palace

Mathew Ryan applauds the Albion fans after the final whistle. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Mathew Ryan applauds the Albion fans after the final whistle. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan says Brighton & Hove Albion's fans acted like 'an extra 100 men' on the pitch in last night's victory over arch rivals Crystal Palace.

Albion ran out 3-1 victors despite playing with ten men for more than an hour and Ryan said he felt the Seagulls wanted it more.

After a draw and defeat in Premier League games against Palace last season, Ryan was delighted to pick up all three points and said: "It means a great deal. Any game we go into we want to win and this is extra special for the fans because of the rivalry.

"We go out in every match trying to make them proud and this one has that bit of extra feeling to it due to the history and the rivalry of the two clubs.

"It's nice to get one back on them."

Albion scored twice after Shane Duffy was sent off for violent conduct and Ryan said: "I think we wanted it much more. It was our desire to win, our willingness to work together and unite together in order to do what unfolded out there.

"Even though we were a man down on the pitch, the crowd definitely gave us a boost and acted as an extra 100 men out there.

"It was a great night for the club, a very memorable one and I'm so grateful to have been a part of it."

Ryan also praised Florin Andone for a stunning third goal, which put Brighton 3-0 up on the stroke of half-time.

He said: "If you've been watching us recently, we've been a little bit guilty that when we take the lead in games we go a little bit too defensive and haven't gone on to make it a little bit easier by getting the second and third.

"Tonight we managed to do that and in very good fashion.

"It's a super goal. I'm happy for him, obviously he had a little injury when he first came but slowly he's finding his feet.

"First thing's first, he got his fitness and health back to 100 per cent and now we're reaping the benefits from that.

He's got plenty to offer the team and showed that once again tonight."

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