BRUNO BOOSTS PLAY-OFF HOPES
Terriers sweating on fate
BRUNO insists the Championship is as unpredictable as his goal-scoring habits, and that’s why no-one at Brighton is getting too carried away despite stretching their unbeaten run at Huddersfield.
The Spaniard grabbed his first goal since November 2012 with seven minutes left at the John Smith’s Stadium to cancel out Oliver Norwood’s first-half freekick and earn Brighton a point against Huddersfield.
The draw means that the Seagulls head into tomorrow’s clash with free-falling Blackpool off the back of five games unbeaten as their play-off charge appears to be taking shape just at the right time.
But while Bruno was delighted to play his part with a back-post header late on, the right-back is urging caution with three games still to play.
“I don’t know why I was there at the back post,” Bruno said. “I’m happy about the goal because it was an important goal and point for us.
“I thought Leo (Ulloa) would maybe flick the ball on. I tried to be there and I touched the ball and scored.
“It’s a good point. It was a strange game for us. From the start we never felt comfortable.
“It was a difficult point because they played really hard, really strong. We knew what to expect because Huddersfield have scored a few early goals.
“They scored and after that the game was more difficult especially because the pitch wasn’t the best. It was dry and for our football it was quite difficult.
“I always say it is the most unpredictable league in the world. You never know. Anything can happen.That’s why even getting this point can make a big difference.”
Huddersfield burst into a sixthminute lead when Norwood drilled home a free-kick after Keith Andrews fouled Nahki Wells.
Brighton’s top-scorer Leo Ulloa then thought he had equalised but his header from Dale Stephens’ corner was ruled out for a push in the area.
After the break Lewis Dunk was fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card for a foul on Adam Clayton, while Tomasz Kuszczak denied Huddersfield further by keeping Norwood’s free-kick out.
Kuszczak further denied the Terriers when he denied Adam Hammill and then used his legs to keep Sean Scannell off the scoresheet.
Craig Mackail-Smith went close with two headers for the visitors, who had captain Gordon Greer booked with 13 minutes to go when there was an altercation as he tried to retrieve the ball from the Huddersfield bench.
But Brighton did pull level on 83 minutes when Bruno took advantage of a rare slip-up in the defence before firing in off the post.
There were late chances at both ends as Wells and Scannell forced saves from Kuszczak and Dunk had a header saved by home keeper Alex Smithies in injury-time.
Huddersfield have now not won in ten matches, with Huddersfield boss Mark Robins admitting his side had blown a big chance to end that run.
“On balance, I have to be happy with a point but we could have had all three. I was pleased with the application and the steely way we set about our jobs,” Robins said. “If we had taken another of the chances we would have been all right.We have been creating chances all season but just not been clinical enough.
“We said we needed four points from the Easter weekend fixtures, so we have to go to Yeovil on Monday and win. They are fighting for their lives but we have the players who are capable of going there and getting three points.”
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