Bruno warms to play-off push

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Bruno admits Albion's former Valencia stars have been feeling the cold.

But he is convinced they are on course for a Springtime play-off push.

The right-back captained the Seagulls to the 1-0 win over Burnley which took them into the top six, a fortnight after making his comeback from an Achilles injury.

Meanwhile his former Valencia colleague Vicente enjoyed only his third league start of the season after a thigh problem.

Bruno admitted: "It has been tough for us this winter. We are not used to training in this cold.

"It makes a difference with the muscles and with the Achilles and with recovering from injuries and matches.

"It is difficult for Vicente to come back and play after so much time out but he is bringing a lot to the team and he is getting physically better.

"He is a player who makes a difference for us. He is playing really well now and he is bringing us something fresh."

Bruno is confident Albion can maintain their charge for a top-six finish, despite struggling to beat Burnley.

He said: "I don't think we played badly. We didn't have much possession but nor did they create many chances.

"They got to the edge of the box and into dangerous areas but there was only really one great save by Tomasz (Kuszczak) and Gary Dicker cleared off the line."

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4:45pm Sun 24 Feb 13

tonytowner1 says...

Yes, Bruno to be on the bench with calde in then till say early april or the temperature goes above say 12 centigrade. Especially for matches further north and those in the evening!!!!
Yes, Bruno to be on the bench with calde in then till say early april or the temperature goes above say 12 centigrade. Especially for matches further north and those in the evening!!!! tonytowner1

4:54pm Sun 24 Feb 13

saraman says...

Flipping marvelous isn't it? For all the comments on Bruno (good or bad) on the previous thread Mr Owen chooses to put this topic on now. Thought he would add fuel to the fire did he? Yes Bruno has been blowing a bit hot and cold just recently. No doubt he is not completely fit and nowhere as effective as he was before his injuries. I agree, rest him until completely restored to fitness and replaced by Calde
Flipping marvelous isn't it? For all the comments on Bruno (good or bad) on the previous thread Mr Owen chooses to put this topic on now. Thought he would add fuel to the fire did he? Yes Bruno has been blowing a bit hot and cold just recently. No doubt he is not completely fit and nowhere as effective as he was before his injuries. I agree, rest him until completely restored to fitness and replaced by Calde saraman

5:38pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Clean Sheet says...

Bruno had a great start to the season, possibly our most consistent player. Hope he gets it back soon.
Bruno had a great start to the season, possibly our most consistent player. Hope he gets it back soon. Clean Sheet

5:59pm Sun 24 Feb 13

VegasSeagull says...

Adapting to big temp changes is tough, be it going to the cold or going to the hot, this is not a lame excuse for our foreign contingent.

The first summer I had out hear I tried to work as I did in the UK but I nearly killed myself, I dehydrated so fast one day I passed out.

The effect of low temperatures on the body is well documented, it takes time to adapt.
Adapting to big temp changes is tough, be it going to the cold or going to the hot, this is not a lame excuse for our foreign contingent. The first summer I had out hear I tried to work as I did in the UK but I nearly killed myself, I dehydrated so fast one day I passed out. The effect of low temperatures on the body is well documented, it takes time to adapt. VegasSeagull

6:04pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Clean Sheet says...

Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good!
Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good! Clean Sheet

6:06pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Ringmer Rich says...

I certainly understand how he feels, the Amex was blooming freezing on Saturday.
I certainly understand how he feels, the Amex was blooming freezing on Saturday. Ringmer Rich

6:09pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Jonathan Mouette says...

Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances...

Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place
Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches
Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches
Leicester need from 37 from14 and
Palarse need 33 from 12...

Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine!
Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances... Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches Leicester need from 37 from14 and Palarse need 33 from 12... Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine! Jonathan Mouette

7:47pm Sun 24 Feb 13

VegasSeagull says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good!
Bud light time is my choice, but the feelings the same.

Cold or heat it takes time.
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good![/p][/quote]Bud light time is my choice, but the feelings the same. Cold or heat it takes time. VegasSeagull

9:00pm Sun 24 Feb 13

nutcracker says...

Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances...

Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place
Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches
Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches
Leicester need from 37 from14 and
Palarse need 33 from 12...

Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine!
Where did you get those figures from? Last season 71 points was enough for a play off place??
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances... Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches Leicester need from 37 from14 and Palarse need 33 from 12... Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine![/p][/quote]Where did you get those figures from? Last season 71 points was enough for a play off place?? nutcracker

10:29pm Sun 24 Feb 13

bruce beckett says...

Evening chaps. Just watching the golf from chilly Arizona. Seems it's freezing all over the world.

Bridcutt's ban could prove a blessing in disguise because if anyone needed a rest, he did.

Not only that, Gus's rotation policy (if it is that) means the likes of Barnes, Buckley and CMS are all fresh going into the final quarter of the season.

Three points against Huddersfield on Saturday are imperative because March looks tough. Exciting times. UTA!
Evening chaps. Just watching the golf from chilly Arizona. Seems it's freezing all over the world. Bridcutt's ban could prove a blessing in disguise because if anyone needed a rest, he did. Not only that, Gus's rotation policy (if it is that) means the likes of Barnes, Buckley and CMS are all fresh going into the final quarter of the season. Three points against Huddersfield on Saturday are imperative because March looks tough. Exciting times. UTA! bruce beckett

11:46pm Sun 24 Feb 13

gozogull says...

What's the chances of keeping Vicente next season?
He's in a different class.
Bit worried there are probably some premiership clubs watching him very closely.
Hope Gus has something up his sleeve!
What's the chances of keeping Vicente next season? He's in a different class. Bit worried there are probably some premiership clubs watching him very closely. Hope Gus has something up his sleeve! gozogull

2:27am Mon 25 Feb 13

Clean Sheet says...

Gozo, I don't think another PL club would come in for Vicente, due to his his injury record. Most likely he will go back to Spain at the end of his contract, unless GP can be at his most persuasive.
Gozo, I don't think another PL club would come in for Vicente, due to his his injury record. Most likely he will go back to Spain at the end of his contract, unless GP can be at his most persuasive. Clean Sheet

6:14am Mon 25 Feb 13

namgo49 says...

In yesterday's game I see Campbell got another two goals for Cardiff . £650k as opposed to Ulloa £2 mill. Dear oh dear, further confirmaton of Gus' poor striker choices.
In yesterday's game I see Campbell got another two goals for Cardiff . £650k as opposed to Ulloa £2 mill. Dear oh dear, further confirmaton of Gus' poor striker choices. namgo49

6:36am Mon 25 Feb 13

fozziesheadband says...

namgo49 wrote:
In yesterday's game I see Campbell got another two goals for Cardiff . £650k as opposed to Ulloa £2 mill. Dear oh dear, further confirmaton of Gus' poor striker choices.
Have to concur. Gus has got it so right in every department, yet continues to disappoint in the forward line up. Been through so many forwards & not one has produced. How many times this season have we scored two or more goals & our forwards getting the goals? Still if it worked for Arsenal all those years ago 1-0 wins to the seagulls will do.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: In yesterday's game I see Campbell got another two goals for Cardiff . £650k as opposed to Ulloa £2 mill. Dear oh dear, further confirmaton of Gus' poor striker choices.[/p][/quote]Have to concur. Gus has got it so right in every department, yet continues to disappoint in the forward line up. Been through so many forwards & not one has produced. How many times this season have we scored two or more goals & our forwards getting the goals? Still if it worked for Arsenal all those years ago 1-0 wins to the seagulls will do. fozziesheadband

6:47am Mon 25 Feb 13

Jonathan Mouette says...

nutcracker wrote:
Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances...

Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place
Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches
Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches
Leicester need from 37 from14 and
Palarse need 33 from 12...

Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine!
Where did you get those figures from? Last season 71 points was enough for a play off place??
The figures are purely theoretical: If Albion were to get maximum points from their remaining games (39) they would achieve 91 points. Therefore any of the teams above them also need to achieve 91 to ensure a play-off berth. Therefore Cardiff, currently on 70, now need 21 from 13 to get to 91. Obviously points will be dropped along the way, especially as a number of the top 6 clubs have to play each other. OK...? Sorry, must go, my brain hurts...
[quote][p][bold]nutcracker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Class shows through, whatever the conditions and I expect these guys to impose themselves whatever the circumstances... Just as a matter of interest with regard to the top 6, in order to guarantee a play-off place Cardiff now need 21 from 13 matches Hull and Watford both need 29 from 12 matches Leicester need from 37 from14 and Palarse need 33 from 12... Since there are so many 6 pointers before the znd this is simply an indication of what thrills and spills are in store... It's never over until it's over... How many heart attacks along the way? Fingers crossed it's not mine![/p][/quote]Where did you get those figures from? Last season 71 points was enough for a play off place??[/p][/quote]The figures are purely theoretical: If Albion were to get maximum points from their remaining games (39) they would achieve 91 points. Therefore any of the teams above them also need to achieve 91 to ensure a play-off berth. Therefore Cardiff, currently on 70, now need 21 from 13 to get to 91. Obviously points will be dropped along the way, especially as a number of the top 6 clubs have to play each other. OK...? Sorry, must go, my brain hurts... Jonathan Mouette

6:58am Mon 25 Feb 13

saraman says...

gozogull wrote:
What's the chances of keeping Vicente next season? He's in a different class. Bit worried there are probably some premiership clubs watching him very closely. Hope Gus has something up his sleeve!
No worries Gozo. It will not matter if PL clubs come in for Vicente. He will already be with one. the ALBION, because we are going up.
[quote][p][bold]gozogull[/bold] wrote: What's the chances of keeping Vicente next season? He's in a different class. Bit worried there are probably some premiership clubs watching him very closely. Hope Gus has something up his sleeve![/p][/quote]No worries Gozo. It will not matter if PL clubs come in for Vicente. He will already be with one. the ALBION, because we are going up. saraman

8:31am Mon 25 Feb 13

Carter_Cooldancer says...

A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique.

I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone.

Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside).
My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not?
A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique. I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone. Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside). My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not? Carter_Cooldancer

8:36am Mon 25 Feb 13

lotsofducks says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Clean Sheet wrote:
Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good!
Bud light time is my choice, but the feelings the same.

Cold or heat it takes time.
Bud Lite? Miller? I'd rather have a beer myself. You guys should try Hove Beer Festival this week to find out what beer actually tastes like!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Vegas, I did some tyre testing down near Mexicali some years ago. 120F, no shade. Miller time in the pool never felt so good![/p][/quote]Bud light time is my choice, but the feelings the same. Cold or heat it takes time.[/p][/quote]Bud Lite? Miller? I'd rather have a beer myself. You guys should try Hove Beer Festival this week to find out what beer actually tastes like! lotsofducks

9:21am Mon 25 Feb 13

LesBerry says...

Carter_Cooldancer wrote:
A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique. I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone. Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside). My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not?
I do not share your opinion and your post makes me put you in the same category as all the others on here and NSC that always feel the need to critise - Ulloa looks good - clearly not at full throttle (or potential) yet which is hardly surprising - not played much this year, new country, new team (who lets face it do not make it easy to fit straight in) etc etc.. People like you really annoy me, just because he hasn't scored a hatful YET, and missed what was an absolute sitter you feel the need to critisise and question his ability - why don't you just sit back, enjoy the ride, and reserve making judgement until you have enough information to go on (although not sure if that will ever be possible if you are always content on just seeing the negative)..
Blimey - sorry, only came on for a quick look whilst drinking my morning coffee those that always see the negative really pee me off...
[quote][p][bold]Carter_Cooldancer[/bold] wrote: A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique. I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone. Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside). My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not?[/p][/quote]I do not share your opinion and your post makes me put you in the same category as all the others on here and NSC that always feel the need to critise - Ulloa looks good - clearly not at full throttle (or potential) yet which is hardly surprising - not played much this year, new country, new team (who lets face it do not make it easy to fit straight in) etc etc.. People like you really annoy me, just because he hasn't scored a hatful YET, and missed what was an absolute sitter you feel the need to critisise and question his ability - why don't you just sit back, enjoy the ride, and reserve making judgement until you have enough information to go on (although not sure if that will ever be possible if you are always content on just seeing the negative).. Blimey - sorry, only came on for a quick look whilst drinking my morning coffee those that always see the negative really pee me off... LesBerry

9:36am Mon 25 Feb 13

WestStander17 says...

Carter_Cooldancer wrote:
A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique.

I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone.

Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside).
My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not?
Regarding Bruno, his distribution hasn't been as good lately. To me, its not that he can't pass, I think he is just a bit casual or over-confident at times. Saturday wasn't a good passing day for us as a whole. Dicker, who hardly ever gives the ball away, seemed to give it away a lot.

As for the Spanish contingent in the cold weather, I think they are bound to feel the cold more than the British players. That is a downside of having them. But, with the ones we have, I think this is a minor disadvantage and they all have far more upside. Only bodes well for when the weather eventually warms up. Watching the League Cup Final yesterday only made me think of Vicente enjoying the big, open spaces in the Wembley sunshine come May! Here's hoping!

Ulloa doesn't concern me at all. I think he fits our game much better than anyone else we have and others that are being mentioned on here. I know everyone rates forwards on goals but it doesn't matter who scores them. If Ulloa holds the ball and creates goals for others, that is just as good as scoring them himself. Yes, he missed a sitter on Saturday but even the best goalscorers have all done that. I wouldn't pay too much attention to the warm-up exercise either, very different to a game situation.
[quote][p][bold]Carter_Cooldancer[/bold] wrote: A lot said about Bruno in past couple of days and I guess his performances warrant that. I also think we need someone else to critique given Barnes and CMS have been out a lot lately so we haven't had much to critique. I had been thinking Bruno was a weak link for a few games actually. It's not his defending IMO, that is solid and he is very committed. What has let him down is his distribution. His errant and wayward passes. I counted four on Saturday alone. Bruno aside, who probably needs an extended rest. And forgetting divided opinions about Barnes and CMS, I don't mind sharing by concerns about Ulloa. yes I know it's early, and yes he needs to adapt, but I just don't think he has the finishing capability. His touch is ok, his work rate is excellent. His heading in our box is great but I don't remember a header won in the other side of the pitch (Arsenal aside). My brother was watching him warm up the other day and they were shooting after the coach played a lay off. He said he scuffed or pulled everyone wide. His glaring miss on Saturday only increased the feeling of concern. Anyway, I'm not a Ulloa hater, I like the guy and what he brings, just wanted to see whether you guys share the same concern this early or not?[/p][/quote]Regarding Bruno, his distribution hasn't been as good lately. To me, its not that he can't pass, I think he is just a bit casual or over-confident at times. Saturday wasn't a good passing day for us as a whole. Dicker, who hardly ever gives the ball away, seemed to give it away a lot. As for the Spanish contingent in the cold weather, I think they are bound to feel the cold more than the British players. That is a downside of having them. But, with the ones we have, I think this is a minor disadvantage and they all have far more upside. Only bodes well for when the weather eventually warms up. Watching the League Cup Final yesterday only made me think of Vicente enjoying the big, open spaces in the Wembley sunshine come May! Here's hoping! Ulloa doesn't concern me at all. I think he fits our game much better than anyone else we have and others that are being mentioned on here. I know everyone rates forwards on goals but it doesn't matter who scores them. If Ulloa holds the ball and creates goals for others, that is just as good as scoring them himself. Yes, he missed a sitter on Saturday but even the best goalscorers have all done that. I wouldn't pay too much attention to the warm-up exercise either, very different to a game situation. WestStander17

1:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Carter_Cooldancer says...

Very true weststander. A balanced reply unlike Lesberry who clearly lacks any intelligence for a rational discussion of opinion.
Very true weststander. A balanced reply unlike Lesberry who clearly lacks any intelligence for a rational discussion of opinion. Carter_Cooldancer

7:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

oksouthstander says...

Ulloa has very simular qualities To Michael Robinson including his potential.But I see Ulloa with every game working to reach HIS potential he has the appetite and ability to reach his full potential playing in the Premier and for his country whilst with the Albion.
Ulloa has very simular qualities To Michael Robinson including his potential.But I see Ulloa with every game working to reach HIS potential he has the appetite and ability to reach his full potential playing in the Premier and for his country whilst with the Albion. oksouthstander

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