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BRUNO'S PRAISE FOR KNOCKAERT

18 November 2016

Albion's captain is backing the Frenchman to continue his impressive form.


Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno backed team-mate Anthony Knockaert to hit the ground running after missing the 2-0 victory over Bristol City before the international break.

Knockaert was unavailable after his father passed away, and Bruno - who could make his 65th consecutive league appearance against Aston Villa tonight - spoke of the support given to the French winger.
 
He said, “It’s been a tough time for him [Anthony Knockaert] and his family, but we’ve tried to be next to him in every single step that he took.
 
“It’s been difficult but he’s so focused on the game, and on our aim, which is to get promoted.
 
“He’s been unbelievable in the training sessions, he’s been flying and that shows his character, which is so important for us.
 
“He’s really special; he’s powerful, quick, scores goals and gets assists, he’s a top player. But as a person, he’s also a really top guy.”

The Albion skipper was pleased to have some downtime during the international break, but insists his team will be focused on maintaining their fine defensive record this evening.
 
“It’s always nice to have a couple of weeks off, especially after our massive win at Bristol City.
 
“The feeling is that we have to come back doing the same things, the basics, because we’ve been playing well and have been defensively solid.
 
“It’s tough to keep a run of clean sheets in this league, because we know every single game in the Championship is difficult for the defence. There are lots of long balls and anything around the box can be difficult to deal with.
 
“But all of the team are putting in great effort to keep this run going, and that’s the most important thing.”

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The Seagulls boast the best defensive record in the Sky Bet Championship, and Bruno praised the club’s record signing, Shane Duffy, for his solid performances within a competitive squad.

“The first few games were difficult for him [Shane Duffy] to settle, because we play very different to a lot of other clubs, so that can be hard for players when they come in.

“He’s played very well and wins every ball in the air. But it’s not just about the players who are playing, it’s about the ones pushing from behind to get into the starting 11.

“We’ve now got four unbelievable centre-backs, and because of those players waiting to grab hold of an opportunity, the back four always have to be ready."

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