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BRUNO NOT FEELING THE PRESSURE

2 April 2016

Albion's full-back is remaining calm going into the business end of the season.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno insists the Brighton & Hove Albion players are not feeling the pressure ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Burnley.

The Seagulls sit in second place in the Championship table but a win will take the side within touching distance of Sean Dyche's side with just seven games remaining.
 
He said, “Burnley are top of the table and if we win, then we will only be a point behind them, but we will go into it like any other game.

“There isn’t any more pressure than usual and we will deal with anything that comes our way before and during the match.

“We have eight more games and they will all be treated in the same way. For us, every game is important and that hasn’t changed, even though Burnley are top.

“They have quality, but we will be concentrating right until the final whistle.
 
“We pretty much always score and so we know if we keep a clean sheet, then we have a very good chance of coming away with three points."
 
The 35-year-old has played in every league match this season and has earned the privilege of captaining Albion in Gordon Greer’s absence - an honour he has cherished.
 
“To be a captain in England is a very important thing. For me, I am very proud and it’s a great responsibility, but on Saturday we will have 11 captains on the pitch because everyone is so important to the team.
 
“I just say to the players that it’s important that we believe in ourselves and to keep playing how we have done this season.
 
“We have a lot of leaders in the dressing room. The whole squad feels important, even if they aren’t playing on the pitch."

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The stand-in skipper has made 134 appearances for the club since signing in 2012 and believes that this squad is the best since he arrived in Sussex.
 
“We have always had strong squads but this one is our strongest. We have a great balance and mentality here and that makes a big difference.

“If you look at our bench and even those not in the squad, you can see it is very strong. You can assess teams that way and we have one of the best squads in the division.

“We have new players that have settled in very quickly and the atmosphere in the changing room has been immense since the first day back."
 
Albion took over 7,000 fans to MK Dons before the international break and Bruno says that the fans can make a real difference, especially at home, between now and the end of the season.

“The MK Dons match was amazing and it gave us all a massive boost in every aspect.
 
“We feel very comfortable at home because the crowd get behind us and we need to keep doing the same things for them.

“The fans have been outstanding all season and they will continue to help us reach our goal. Saturday will be a massive game for the fans and the team.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V BURNLEY

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.30PM


ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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