Brighton & Hove Albion: From the brink of disaster to the Premier League

19 April, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Ora Austin
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PLAY in next season's Premier League after securing automatic promotion from the Championship.

"I expected us to be right up there challenging, and if you said to me at some stage we'd be top of the division, I would have thought we'd have developed well and learned a lot from last season".

Even if they don't, at least we'll get a couple more installments of the M23 Derby, as Crystal Palace and Brighton renew their deeply felt, slightly confusing rivalry.

Instead, the Seagulls will stick to the prudent approach that has served them so well in the last few seasons - and which ended up landing the big prize on Easter Monday.

"I'm incredibly proud of the way that they bounced back".

He only has a small amount of experience in the Premier League, with Leicester in 2014-15, but if he can recreate some of the excellent form he's shown this season, then Brighton will have the man who can lead them in the top flight.

"I've been here for two years and four months but there are supporters out there who have been through all the hard periods, supporting this club for 20 to 30 years", Hughton said.

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Daniel Pudil struck a first-half victor for Sheffield Wednesday as they saw off QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road to go fifth and remain in the driving seat for a play-off spot, having lost in the final last season.

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Glenn Murray, who has scored more home goals than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this season, partners either Sam Baldock or Tomer Hemed in attack.

"So if they can just survive, in inverted commas, that first season in the Premier League, I do think they're a club that will push on from there".

Hughton will become the first manager since Mick McCarthy to win the Championship title with two different clubs, should Albion secure three points over their remaining three games.

"There is a huge gap between what you need to pay for players in the Championship and the fees that are demanded for Premier League players". It is 11 months since I went into the changing-room at the end of the play-off semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday and the players were on the floor. You can't guarantee anything, but we did as much as we could.

"We're all a team of friends and that's what gets us to where we are".



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