Albion keeper Maty Ryan admits that being dropped against Tottenham last month was a wake-up call for him.

It was the first time that the 28-year-old has not started a Premier League game since January 2019 when he was on international duty with Australia at the Asian Cup.

Albion head coach Graham Potter decided to give Robert Sanchez his league debut for the Seagulls against Spurs, with Ryan left to watch on from the bench.

Potter revealed that the reason behind the decision to put Ryan on the bench was to give him a 'breather'.

He came back into the side against Burnley, where he kept a clean sheet and has only conceded twice in Albion's last two games against Aston Villa and Liverpool.

But Ryan admits that being dropped has made him want to work even harder to keep his place in the side.

He said: “It was tough and painful to take, but I know it wasn't a personal decision.

“I am here trying to contribute to the success of this club and the manager felt he had to make a change and I respect that decision.

“In those moments of adversity you've got to take it on the chin and learn from it and try to become even better.

“It's awoken something inside of me. I have been training well.

“We had a clean sheet against Burnley, a win against Aston Villa and got a point against Liverpool.

“I am just trying to carry on that wave and keep being there for the team.”