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Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Brighton Secure Premier League Promotion After 34-year Wait

Brighton Secure Premier League Promotion After 34-year Wait

However, Brighton's 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic, combined with Huddersfield Town's 1-1 draw with Derby County, ended the South Coast side's 34-year exile from the top flight.

Wigan goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard dropped a free-kick straight into the path of Lewis Dunk but the Seagulls defender was unable to find a way past Wigan's scrambling defence.

It's a massive motivation for this group of lads. Aston Villa and Norwich came down with us last season and would've expected to be challenging for promotion alongside us, but instead they're languishing in mid-table. "That's the first thing", Hughton said.

"That will add something to all of their CVs, all of their thoughts when they're looking back".

"We have good players already, and we want to strengthen from that position".

In the race for the play-offs that will ultimately determine which club gains the third and final promotion place, wins for Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham knocked fallen giants Leeds United out of the top six.

Not only that but they're doing so with a awful squad, few sellable assets, a mountain of debt, and a broken man of a manager who the fans want rid of but the club can't afford to sack. There are so many highs and lows, it's a rollercoaster really.

"We made it a little bit hard for ourselves. Definitely better away from home".

Brighton's rise this season has been a reward to the fans who have stuck with the club through thick and thin. We've had a wonderful support, we've managed to win games in different ways.

"It's a performance today that apart from that last 15 minutes warrants us being where we are, we've been outstanding all season". I could go on.

Hughton said he had not been glued to the television for Huddersfield's match at Derby, but appreciated a late goal going in his side's favour.

Albion will move to 92 points if they beat Wigan this afternoon.

The affable Hughton told the Voice of Sport at the start of January: "We've also got good experience in the side. We got a goal back and were pushing at the end". It'll be fully deserved. "Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton".

Brighton have kept 21 clean sheets in their last 43 games and have lost just once in the previous 58 league games they have taken the lead in. Bodog has them as the 1/33 favourite to win the title outright with Newcastle a 10/1 shot.

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