After taking the lead through a Craig Dawson own goal, we were pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane, leaving leaders Leicester City one win away from cementing first place in the table.
There had been extra emphasis placed on the game following the Foxes’ victory over Swansea at the weekend and Ryan, a second-half substitute for the injured Eric Dier, painted a picture of an emotional changing room after what he believes would have been a disappointing outcome at any stage of the campaign.
“We don’t like losing or drawing games at the Lane or anywhere when we’ve been a goal up,” said the 24-year-old.
“Obviously the circumstances at the moment meant we were trying to get a result and put the pressure back on Leicester so that adds to the disappointment, but we don’t like losing or drawing at home at any time – it’s disappointing and not a good feeling.
“Everyone’s gutted, there’s not many words being spoken. We let a 1-0 lead slip at home, we’re frustrated, angry and disappointed – there are so many emotions. We wanted to win but unfortunately we didn’t do that and the dressing room is very down at the moment.”
Ryan was called into action after Eric took a knock while trying to defend the corner from which Dawson headed home Albion’s 72nd-minute leveller. The midfielder confirmed it was a difficult end to the game as we struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities to re-take the lead and was ultimately left to reflect on what might have been.
“It was unexpected (to come on quickly in place of Eric) but that’s part of being on the bench and in the squad,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready at all times to come on and not let the team down.
“Goals change games at the end of the day. If we’d scored a second one in the first half then we’d have probably gone on to win 3-0 or 4-0 but at 1-0 they were always in the game, they played for set pieces, they’ve got a big side and they scored from one of those set pieces which is disappointing.
“In the Premier League you need to kill teams off – 1-0 is never a safe scoreline and that showed tonight.”