Bruno believes Albion won at Swansea without being at their best in possession.

And that speaks volumes for how they are growing as a Premier League side.

The skipper was not happy with the way his side struggled to keep the ball in the second half at the Liberty Stadium.

But he loved the way they dug in – and was delighted to see that last-gasp shot hit the bar.

Albion were accomplished on the ball in the first half and might have been two goals to the good.

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Bruno gets on the ball in the first half

Bruno told The Argus: “We know they are not in good form at home and we tried to play the first ten minutes away from our goal.

“I think we did it. We had a really good first half.

“But we know they have got quality players and any cross, any ball around the box could be dangerous. I think the team worked really hard.

“But, in the second half, I think we should have played a little better in terms of keeping the ball in high positions.

“We were getting in the right positions next to their box but we didn’t create anything. We needed to hurt them. If not, they feel really comfortable with the ball.

“Of course, they will always have a chance in 90 minutes and they had one chance in the last minute.”

Albion struggled to take pressure off their defence by enjoying periods of possession or pressure as Swansea played with more urgency in the second half.

But, of course, they are hard to play through and some woeful set-piece delivery by the hosts helped their cause too.

Bruno said: “I don’t think we won playing badly but you can’t just be defending for 49 minutes, because there were four extra minutes.

“You cannot be doing that in the Premier League because they have got quality players and they are going to create something.

“You have to score the second one to kill the game a little bit.

“But, listen, I think it was a solid performance.”

Bruno was asked by a reporter who does not watch Albion regularly about their style of play.

His reply was they play two ways – and that the Swansea game proved it.

He said: “We adapt our game quite easily.

“If we have to defend, we are happy to defend, but we are also able to play the ball. I think this was a good example.

“In the first half we were happy to play through the lines, playing from the back. In the second half we defended for 45 minutes.

“We tried to play our football but, when we have to defend, we defend as well as we can.”

Defend they did – until deep into added time.

Then Bruno went hurtling across to try and close down Luciano Narsingh as he let fly.

Replays suggested he did not get anything on the ball.

But the drive flew inches too high and crashed back off the bar.

Bruno said: “It was a quick action between Shane (Duffy) and Dunky (Lewis Dunk) and the winger came inside.

“I tried to tackle but of course I couldn’t.”