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BRUNO PRAISES ALBION'S DETERMINATION

16 August 2016

Albion's skipper is pleased with the resoluteness shown in the squad.


Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno believes the side are coping well with a shortage of fit central defenders, and praised the determination within the squad to keep three consecutive clean sheets.
 

The Albion skipper has stepped in at centre-back due to injuries to Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier, and is satisfied with the club’s solid start to the season.

He said, “It’s so important [clean sheets]. If you get a clean sheet, you know you’re going to get some points. Especially now that we’re missing a few players at centre-back, it’s good for us to see that everyone is working so hard to be in form and get clean sheets.

“We’ve started the season well; playing away at Derby is always tough and I thought the performance was really good. We then had the cup game and Friday night was also a good performance, a good score; and everyone is happy to start well after last season.

“You don’t get four points for playing against Newcastle and Aston Villa, it’s three points against every single team and we’re going to take every game as it comes."

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The Spaniard praised his defensive partner Lewis Dunk and believes the 24-year-old has all the credentials to captain the club in the future and perform on the international stage.

"He’s a top player and a leader as well. Sometimes it’s not just about talking to players, it’s also about the way you play, you have to show that you’re a captain and he is ready for sure.

“I believe he can play for the national team [Dunk]. He’s got everything, he’s quick and powerful. Sometimes as players we need to believe in our potential and I think he’s now believing in himself. You can see his confidence, he’s not making any mistakes and he’s so concentrated during the game.”

“Playing next to him  is so easy because he’s unbelievable. He’s powerful, good in the air, good with the ball and now he’s a leader. I’m so happy for him because I’ve known him for a good few years and I knew he had that potential inside.

Despite the early inconsistent form of Tuesday night’s opponents Rotherham United, Bruno insisted every game must be given the same level of attention.

“We know how tough the Championship is. It’s not all about playing against the top teams, you need to win against all teams, including the bottom teams, so it’s always tough.

“In the Championship there are no easy games. They [Rotherham] lost 3-0 against Aston Villa and they’re going to want three points from here.

“In their first game at home they were 2-0 up and Wolves came back, so they’re going to try and get something here, but we’re ready to win.”


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