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Brighton keeper not bothered by ‘boring’ chants from Wolves fans

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan is happy for Wolves fans to chant ‘boring’ if it means his side stay up.

Frustrated Wolves supporters chanted ‘boring, boring, boring’ at the final whistle and ‘how do watch this every week?’ as Brighton parked the bus for a 0-0 draw at Molineux.

Wolves dominated the game, with 68 per cent possession, while Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice and Ryan denied Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves. In addition, Matt Doherty, Ryan Bennett, Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Neves and Willy Boly (twice) had efforts off target.

Ryan said: “I don’t care to be honest. We got a point and a clean sheet and I’m happy. They can call it how they see it – everyone is entitled to their opinions but I’m just focused on what we need to do as a team to get safe.”

Brighton had registered just 20 per cent possession after half an hour’s play and Ryan suggested his team-mates were too jaded to take the game to the opposition.

Maybe later in the season, I think it takes a lot more energy to be a bit more expansive with the ball, get forward and get back,” said the Australian.

Perhaps players are a bit more tired and aren’t putting in as much effort or it’s that little bit harder getting up and down the touchline.

That’s something we’ve needed to learn. We’ve had harsh lessons the last couple of weeks and this time, the positive lesson we can take is when we do get it right, we’re well and truly in the game.

We’ve just got to keep learning with every game we play.”

Wolves have now had 46 efforts on goal in their two games against Brighton this season without scoring, the most any team has produced without finding the net since Tottenham had 51 against West Ham in 2010-11.

The Seagulls denied Wolves making it eight wins in their last nine home games.

Ryan is delighted with the return against Nuno’s side this season, saying: “You only need to look at their position in the table. They haven’t beaten us this year so credit to us and it’s a stat we can be be proud of.

They’ve been a great team all year and they’ve shown that in all of the matches they’ve played. We hung in there and we got a point.”

Brighton ended a run of five straight defeats in all competitions by drawing at Molineux while they have now gone six games without a goal.

Ryan admitted they did all they could to disrupt Wolves’ flow.

Any way we can take the sting out of the game, slow it down, just hang in there for as long as we can to keep a clean sheet, then the worst case scenario is you get a point,” he said.

I’d much rather that than have lost 1-0 or whatever. Largely we kept them at bay. On another day I don’t think Shane Duffy slips for the one (from Jota) that hits the post.

That was just an unfortunate thing. If he doesn’t slip I think he clears it.”

Perhaps we didn’t create so much offensively, but at the same time we didn’t lose, were solid at the back and got another point on the board which is going to be vital.”