Brighton skipper Bruno claims that the St James’ Park crowd will turn on the players if we don’t start well on Saturday – a claim that’s riled a few Newcastle United fans today.
The atmosphere at home games has been below par this season (which is perhaps to be expected given recent performances), however there’s been no signs of fans turning on the players.
Here’s what the 38-year-old has said to Brighton’s official website ahead of Saturday’s game:
“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.
“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.”
I think it’s clear to see what’s going to be said in the Brighton dressing room before Saturday’s game if these comments here are anything to go by.
Don’t get me wrong, things could turn sour if we went into the break 0-3 down, but to suggest this crowd will ‘turn on the players’ if we don’t start the game well and go one down is wrong.
Do you think the atmosphere would turn if we conceded early – or do you back our fans to stay behind the team?