Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan pulled off a string of outstanding saves to ensure Brighton and Hove Albion walked away with a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw against Burnley overnight.
The cleansheet is Ryan’s sixth of the season and keeps the Seagulls in 13th spot, three points clear of the drop zone despite a seven game winless streak.
Brighton bossed the first half at AMEX Stadium but needed their custodian to be on top of his game to shut out the Clarets attack after the break.
Ryan showcased his athleticism with a double save to deny Scott Arfield.
New Zealand international Chris Wood had a couple of good efforts on goal but was unable to crack the Australian’s full-bodied resolve that included a block with his face.
Thanks to all for the support again today. We’ll keep learning and keep fighting. Massive opportunity again next week, will need all you guys behind us again. #seagulls— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) December 16, 2017
Manager Chris Hughton praised Ryan for his man of the match performance but was disappointed Brighton failed to capitalise on their chances.
He told the club's website: “We were reliant on Maty making a really good save in the second half, but it shouldn’t have got to that stage.
“In our better period of the game, we had the penalty which certainly was a penalty, good opportunities and on the balance of play, I thought we were far better.
“We looked more likely to score and certainly in those periods, that’s when you have to score - because if you give a team like Burnley encouragement, they can capitalise on it."