Brighton promoted to the Premier League!

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

Brighton's Glenn Murray and Solly March scored in a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Monday to secure the south coast team's return to the top flight after a 34-year absence. If I was part of that group of supporters, I'd be out on the pitch screaming and shouting as well.

Since then Albion have twice been 90 minutes from the Premier League.

Having flirted with oblivion during their exile, however, there are no plans to change methods which have worked well since multi-millionaire Bloom took control in 2009.

"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".

Knockaert had a goal of his own disallowed for offside just minutes later as the home side threatened to cut loose but it was in fact Wigan who pulled one back - Powell heading home Jamie Hanson's cross to set up a nervy finish at the Amex. "He's a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club".

"This is not the first step, because we've had many steps to get to this position". We've recruited very well, the team spirit is fantastic and he has done remarkably well in a very tough league.

Chris Hughton's side only marginally missed out on top-flight football a year ago when they finished third following a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on the final day of the season, before losing to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals.

"One thing we spoke about afterwards is it's a wonderful achievement, particularly after last season, to get promotion", Huhgton said.

"I think it was a conscious decision that they wanted that again, and the signs were there early in the season". They made up their minds they wanted more of it.

Newcastle went down 3-1 to Ipswich, meaning Rafa Benitez's side remain under threat from Reading, who came from a goal down to beat already relegated Rotherham United 2-1 thanks to Lewis Grabban and John Swift. Would I have expected to be in the top two for more or less all season?

There's reason to be disappointed with Friday's result but I think some Newcastle fans feeling aggrieved with the season as a whole, really could do with considering the bigger picture. "This is their reward".

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