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BRUNO'S PERFECT PRESENT

2 October 2016

Albion's captain reflected on a historic win at Hillsborough


Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno was delighted to seal the club’s first-ever victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, which proved to be a fitting gift for the birthday boy.


Bruno, who turned 36 yesterday, praised Albion’s overall performance in their 2-1 triumph, despite coming within seconds of clinching a fifth consecutive clean sheet.
 
He said, “It’s a really nice present. We know it’s a tough place to come to and we have some bad memories here, but I think the performance was brilliant from the first minute until the last.
 
“We’re a little bit upset about conceding the late goal, especially the back-four and the goalkeeper, as it would’ve been our fifth clean sheet [in a row].
 
“But there were many positive things, and it was a strong performance.”

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The Spaniard hailed the team effort that ended the club’s long wait for a win at Hillsborough, and was pleased to see Oliver Norwood and Steve Sidwell taking their chance as a duo in central midfield.
 
“I know how important it is to break this type of record, and I’m so happy to be part of it.
 
“It was a really solid performance and that’s the most important thing, because when you come to this type of stadium against these types of players, it’s so important to play together and we did that.
 
“Sam [Baldock] is a really important player for us, he stretches the pitch and is one of the cleverest guys I’ve ever met. He's always looking for the space on the pitch.
 
“I’m also pleased for Ollie [Norwood] and Siddy [Steve Sidwell]. They were top players in the middle of the park today, and that’s so important for us because it makes us stronger as a team.”
 
The 36-year-old is one of the longest-serving players in the current squad, and thanked his team-mates for their positive input during his time at the club.
 
“I’m so proud, and one of the reasons that I keep playing is because of them, they make me feel good every day.
 
“The players, fans and facilities give me energy, it’s not just one thing, there’s plenty of reasons. I’m just so happy and I try to enjoy every day."

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