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29 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion captain Bruno looks to evade a challenge from Jonny.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson identified Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League and highlighted the Spaniard’s impeccable understanding of how to play the demanding position.

The former Arsenal and England midfielder was speaking live on Gillette Soccer Saturday after watching Albion’s hard-fought 1-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium.

Bruno’s cross-shot provided the assist for Glenn Murray to fire home the winning goal, which was also his 100th for the club, and Merson praised the Albion skipper for producing another fine display and leading by example.

He said, “Bruno’s the oldest player in the league and he was playing against probably the quickest geezer [Adama Traore] who’s ever played in the Premier League, and he absolutely had him in his pocket.

“If you’re a kid growing up and you want to play full-back, go and watch Bruno play. He plays the full-back role better than any other player in the Premier League in my opinion.

“The positions he gets into and the way he dinks balls into the centre forward — you get other players who just whack it and say ‘you get on with it’.

“But Bruno dinks it into them and makes sure they’re always favourite to get the ball ahead of the centre-half. He’s absolutely outstanding and he set up Murray’s goal.

“Traore is much quicker than him but up here [points to head] he isn’t. He gets there before him and it’s a great finish from Murray. It was a great result for Brighton.”

Merson was impressed by Albion’s solidity in defence, but highlighted Murray as the game changer and believes the West Midlands club were lacking somebody with his presence in front of goal.

“He didn’t do loads in the game but what a goal, it was a very good goal. The ball got flicked to the far post and Bruno reacts.

“Who’s the quickest to react, Bruno or Traore? Bruno got there before Traore and hit a shot that went wide, but there’s Murray and he puts it in. It was a great finish.

“He held the ball up and worked his socks off, like he does every week. That was the difference. Wolves had all of the play and I think if Murray plays for them, they win.

“Wolves didn't have many clear-cut chances but Maty Ryan had to make some good saves. Brighton were very solid and the goalkeeper was very good.”

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