The midfielder’s second half strike restored a 2-1 advantage as we eventually ran out 3-2 winners against Swansea.
It was a big night for the players after taking two big hits in the last week - going out of the Europa League at Fiorentina and then losing the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday.
“It’s a special goal, my first Premier League goal and I’m buzzing,” said Ryan. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that and I’m over the moon to finally get it and to help us take three vital points is even better.”
We started well and opened the scoring through Nacer Chadli on seven minutes but Swansea hit back against the run of play and it was all-square at half-time.
“Their first goal was a bit of a kick in the teeth but we’ve got character in this team,” stated Ryan.
“The gaffer made a few points (at half-time) where he wanted us to improve from the first half and that made an impact.”
Ryan fired into the top corner for 2-1 on 51 minutes and Andros Townsend’s fine solo goal arrived soon after for 3-1.
We looked in complete control until two minutes from time when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored to set-up a nervous last few minutes and Hugo Lloris had to make a flying save to keep out Federico Fernandez’s header in the final seconds.
“This was massive after Wembley and going out of two competitions in the last six days, it was huge for us to get back to winning ways,” added Ryan.
“Wembley was disappointing. We felt during the game we were a bit naïve at times but it’s a learning curve and hopefully we’ll get the chance to play in more finals and to win at Wembley.”