Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno aims to put the pressure on Newcastle

Brighton captain Bruno. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Brighton captain Bruno. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Bruno wants Brighton to make a quick start at Newcastle on Saturday to try to get the home fans to turn on their team.

Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League with two points from eight matches, while the Seagulls are six points better off in 13th place.

The teams return to action after the international break at St James' Park and Bruno said: “They’re going to start the game very fast and we have to try to control the pace. Their fans will be behind them, but if they don’t play well, they’re going to be on them.

“Their intensity could be really high, but if we start well, the fans could turn and it’s always tough to play without that confidence. We can take advantage of that.

“It always helps to have your fans closer to you, but the setup at their stadium is quite different. It’s quite similar to the stadia in Spain, such as Villarreal, where the away fans are very high.

“The atmosphere at St James’ Park feels different, it feels special. As a player it’s nice to play there and I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

Brighton have had four close games with the Magpies over the past two seasons, firstly in the Championship and then in the Premier League.

Newcastle won both games in the Championship, while Albion collected a win and a draw last year in the top flight.

Bruno said: “They’ll expect to take three points as they’re playing at home. We’ve been big rivals with Newcastle since the Championship, so they’ll especially want to take them against us.

“It’s always a tough place to visit because of the team’s quality and the atmosphere, but that atmosphere can also go against them if we manage to start the game well.

“I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s always been about the small details - it’s been close in both of the matches I’ve played there.”

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