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BRUNO GOING BACK TO BASICS

16 January 2016


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno insists that the team need to go back to the drawing board if they are to improve on their recent poor form.

The 35-year-old Spaniard is the only outfield player to start every league game for Albion this season, and admits that it is hard to pinpoint why the squad has lost its winning touch.

He said, “We need to change this bad run as soon as possible. The most important thing when you’re in a position like this is to just to go back to basics and move on. We can still do it.

“It’s surprising, because we have a lot of the same players. It’s not about excuses, it’s about the actions we now take. It’s not just a surprise for us, it’s a surprise for the fans as well.

“This league is all about the small details and we have to change them and push hard, so we can win as soon as possible.

“When we are not scoring goals we can’t just blame the strikers and when we are conceding, we cannot just blame the defenders, we’re a team. It’s so important to score first because the matches can be crazy.

“It’s time for us experienced players to step in and help."

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Bruno is one of the club’s longest-serving players and has been rewarded for his contribution by captaining the side on a number of occasions this season. His experience and leadership qualities has also seen him become vocal in the dressing room.

“Captaincy and leadership is very different in Spain than it is here; in Spain, the captain is not as influential as he is over here. Everyone needs to take responsibility here and I’ll be there to help, not just during games but at training too. Everyone needs to feel important in the team.

“We experienced players have been in this type of situation before and we know how to handle it. It sounds easy to do but is actually quite hard.”

The goalless run and mistakes have been highlighted over the past couple of weeks, but Bruno feels it is important not to focus on individual errors.

“I made a mistake in the last game. I saw the ball coming in from a cross and I looked outside the box to see some yellow shirts, but I didnt see any. I saw Crofty [Andrew Crofts] next to me, I tried to play it back in his direction and I made a mistake. It’s the game and if we were 1-0 up, maybe I would have just cleared the ball as far as possible.

“But in that game we needed the ball and I tried to keep possession.”

The full-back looked ahead to this weekend’s fixture against Blackburn Rovers and has targeted the game to start Albion’s revival.

“Every game is important in this league and Saturday is very important for the club. We are in a bad run but we can turn it around; we have some home matches coming up after the run of away games and hopefully we can start a nice run this Saturday against Blackburn."

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