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3 February 2017

Albion's skipper is eager to put last night's result behind the side.

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno gave credit to Huddersfield Town for their 3-1 triumph over the Seagulls, and is now determined to bounce back on Sunday against Brentford.

Albion conceded three first-half goals at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Tomer Hemed levelling the game at 1-1, and Bruno admitted his team-mates didn’t perform to their usual high standards.

He said, “They had more intensity and quality on the ball, especially in the first half, we spent 45 minutes defending.

“It’s so difficult to play like that away from home, because if you can’t pass the ball three or four times to kill their momentum, it’s so difficult.

“They got all the second balls in the first half and the yellow card was a mistake from me. It was so hard to play with that yellow card from that first minute.

“It wasn’t our best game, but it’s time to forget about the result. We need to be together, learn from this and come back stronger.”

Chris Hughton’s team were unable to stretch their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to four points, but Bruno highlighted the competitive nature of the league.

“We didn’t expect to have the massive gap, the Championship is tough and we saw yesterday with Newcastle dropping two points against QPR, it’s a really tough league and we know how difficult it is.

“We were trying to make that gap bigger but we couldn’t do it. We’ll go back to the training ground and work hard to come back from this defeat.”

The Albion skipper quickly turned his action to Sunday’s meeting with Brentford at Griffin Park and backed his team-mates to respond with an improved performance.

“Brentford are playing well and we know they’re a strong side at home, so it will be a really tough game.

“The pitch is a bit smaller and we need to learn from today about the second balls, they are going to be so important and we have to improve on that.

“But now it’s time to get together, analyse the mistakes and get a reaction.”

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