Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan continued his superb form in the Premier League on Wednesday morning, helping Brighton and Hove Albion to a big win over Crystal Palace.
The 10-man Seagulls overcame Palace 3-1 at the Amex Stadium, with Ryan making a host of important stops for Chris Hughton’s side.
Ryan was only denied his fourth clean sheet of the season late-on after the visitors were awarded a penalty, converted by their skipper Luka Milivojevic.
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But Brighton already had the three points in their keeping at that point thanks to a dominant first half.
They took the lead midway through the opening half after Glenn Murray converted a penalty, before defender Shane Duffy was sent off minutes later following an off-the-ball incident.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Brighton added two more goals before the break through Leon Balogun and Florin Andone to effectively make the points safe.
With the exception of the penalty, Ryan dealt with everything Palace through at him in the second half to ensure the Seagulls moved up to 10th spot on the EPL ladder on the back of a third straight game without defeat.
Ryan and his side are next in action this weekend with a trip to strugglers Burnley.
The news wasn’t so good for Ryan’s Caltex Socceroos teammate Aaron Mooy, whose Huddersfield Town were beaten 2-1 at AFC Bournemouth.
The Terriers conceded twice in the first 22 minutes at Goldsands Stadium before Mooy was heavily involved as Huddersfield pulled one back before the break.
Mooy’s floated cross was headed on twice by Huddersfield players before Terrence Kongolo nodded it past Asmir Begovic.
Huddersfield were the dominant team in the second half, with Mooy twice going close to finding an equaliser with shots from distance.
But it wasn’t to be for the Aussie and Huddersfield, who missed the chance to pull away from the EPL relegation zone before their clash at Arsenal this weekend.
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