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Rejuvenated Ryan praises ‘brilliant’ coaching staff after ending goal famine

Forward determined to maintain his resurgent form after hitting the goal trail again

22 March 2021

Ryan Longman praised Mark Robinson and the coaching staff for helping him back to goalscoring form with a bang on Saturday.

The on-loan Brighton forward ended 17 games without a goal by striking twice at Plough Lane and he produced a relentless forward display that terrorised the Charlton defence.

After striking his seventh and eight goals of the season, Ryan said: “The big target is to stay up, but in the next games we have to pick up points and get the wins. The target for me is to get more goals and more assists. We just have to take the positives and we are playing well, but the win needs to come very soon.

“The gaffer and the backroom staff have been brilliant. They have been looking after me as I have played a lot of minutes. I think the rest did me a bit of good and I’ve just come back stronger.

“With the situation we are in at the moment, I don’t want to dwell on it too much, but it would have been good to have taken all three points. We will take a point, but the boys were upset that we didn’t take all three.”

Asked if he had scored an easier goal than his second one on Saturday, Ryan replied: “I don’t think I have really, no! Especially for Wimbledon, but that was brilliant – I was happy to get the goal. In training all week we had been working on that sort of scenario and it came off. I have been told to press the full-back, the centre back, and the keeper. They made mistakes and I punished them.

“It had been a while since I had put the ball in the back of the net, so to get two was brilliant.  Personally, I’m very happy that I’m back on the scoresheet and hopefully I can keep going from here. ‘Pigs’ is not just a goalscorer, he brings a lot to the team that goes unrecognised and his link-up play is brilliant. He assisted me for the first goal.”


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