Brighton and Hove Albion centurion Maty Ryan reveals exactly what they must do to beat Sheffield United

Maty Ryan, Brighton's latest proud centurion, believes his team are capable of upsetting the odds at the Premier League's surprise package Sheffield United.

Thursday, 20th February 2020, 10:46 am
Updated Thursday, 20th February 2020, 11:32 am
Maty Ryan will make his 101st appearance for Brighton against Sheffield United

Ryan made his 100th appearance for the club in the 1-1 draw against Watford last time out and the popular Brighton goalkeeper is keen to start his next century with a positive display and result at Bramall Lane.

“They are where they are in the table for a reason, and have performed very well against every side that they’ve played," said Ryan. “I’ve never been to Bramall Lane before, but a few of the boys have in the past - just like every game in this league, we’re expecting a tough match.

“They are a team that tries to stay nice and compact, are quite direct, and try to win the second balls. It’s an aspect where we’ll have to be better than them in in order to get a result.”

Maty Ryan has been a consistent performer for Brighton since joining from Valencia in 2017

Ryan, who signed for Brighton from Valencia in 2017, is proud to have joined the 100 club and said Albion have given him some of the best moments of his life.

“It’s an amazing feeling. Since I was a young boy, I’ve wanted to try and play at the highest level and chase my dreams. To have achieved that at Brighton is very special

“They’ve been some of the best moments of my life up until now and it’s a period I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

“My most memorable games so far would include beating Manchester United at home in the first season I was here, which guaranteed our safety for the following season.

“Then it would be my first FA Cup game against Millwall and winning that penalty shoot-out, as well as that FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. They are the three games that spring to mind for me.”

Back to the present day and Brighton have a huge challenge on their hands to maintain their Premier League status. Ryan believes Albion's latest arrival Alexis Mac Allister can help them achieve their target.

“We’ve only had a few sessions together and being a goalkeeper I don’t get to see too much of what he does in training, but we brought him here for a reason.

“He’s a technical player with a lot of experience, and is someone that’s played for the Argentina senior team. Hopefully he’ll be a valuable addition to the squad. He comes across as quite a down-to-earth person, and has a hardworking mentality. We’ll be looking to use his mentality in the team.

“He’s already taken a liking to Galgo [Ezequiel Schelotto] and Jose [Izquierdo], who both speak Spanish. I’ve had a few talks with him in Spanish too, along with Martin Montoya and Bernardo.

“Even the guys that don’t speak Spanish have all been great with him and welcomed him into the squad. I’m sure it will be a smooth transition for him.”