Bruno’s ready for promotion shoot-out

Albion defender Bruno. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Albion defender Bruno. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
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Albion full-back Bruno looked ahead to Saturday’s Championship promotion shoot-out at Middlesbrough and said: “This could be the biggest game of my career.”

Brighton know a win in their final game of the season will see them leapfrog second-placed Boro and secure a spot in the Premier League.

Heading into the clash, Middlesbrough need just a draw to go up in the second automatic promotion spot. It is a game of such high-value, with financial experts reporting it could be worth in excess of £170million for whoever achieves promotion.

And despite appearing in the Champions League for Valencia, while also turning out for Almeria in La Liga, Bruno believes this could be his biggest-ever one-off game in football.

Bruno said: “It’s one of the biggest games in my career, especially because I am one of the captains of the team and the responsibility is even bigger.

“When you are younger and playing this kind of game maybe everyone is looking to another player, the main one, but now it’s time the others may look at players like myself to make that step forward.”

Bruno, alongside team-mates Bobby Zamora, Anthony Knockaert, Gordon Greer and Dale Stephens to name a few, have all experienced promotion in their careers, so he feels there will be no added pressure going into Saturday’s crunch clash.

Bruno said: “A few other guys have got promoted with other clubs, so everyone is ready to play this game.

“The feeling is great, we had a really good training session yesterday and everybody was so sharp and that is nice to see. It’s important to be in that place when you see the pressure but everyone is ready to hold it.”

Albion skipper Gordon Greer is expected to return in place of suspended central defender Lewis Dunk.

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