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Ryan eager to push on after his landmark goal

Forward sets his sights on further progress

21 September 2020

Ryan Longman is showing plenty of positive signs that he can adapt to playing League One football regularly - and the on-loan Brighton striker is determined to maintain his development at Wimbledon.

Speaking after his first goal for the Dons versus Plymouth, a match in which he linked up superbly with Joe Pigott, Ryan said: "I think it is a really good partnership. With that set piece (for the first goal), we work on that on the training ground. Any loose balls in that area I aim to pick-up. It's definitely a big difference (moving up to League One level after playing for Brighton Under-23s) and I am learning a lot. The movement is a lot different and how you play. It's much more physical, so I'm learning about that side of the game a lot more. I just want to keep developing. It's a great bunch of lads here and I'm really enjoying it."

On his career landmark of scoring his first ever league goal, Ryan added: "It was good from 'Pigs' - a nice bit of pressure and a great ball into me - and there was only one thing in my mind, which was chipping it! I was obviously happy to see it go in the back of the net."

Though delighted to get off the mark in blue and yellow, Ryan expressed his disappointment after the Dons let a two-goal lead slip.

"As a team, we are gutted that we didn't get the three points. I think we lost our momentum and when they got the third goal it tilted the match their way. We have to learn from this and be more clinical."


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