Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Brighton chairman says won't break the bank after Premier League promotion

Brighton chairman says won't break the bank after Premier League promotion

Goals from Glenn Murray and Solly March were enough for the leaders, despite a late strike from Nick Powell.

They secured the win and all but nailed down promotion, and the draw between Derby County and Huddersfield Town would confirm it.

Brighton's goal difference of 37 made that win practically enough to guarantee their return to the top flight after 34 years, but Jacob Butterfield's 88th-minute equaliser for Derby against the Terriers made it mathematically certain.

After the victory over the Latics, manager Chris Hughton spoke of his delight at achieving automatic promotion.

He got Newcastle promoted in 2010, and after taking over at Brighton in 2014 with the club struggling at the wrong end of the Championship, he gradually hauled them away from trouble and fashioned a promotion-chasing side in the following season. That's the first thing.

The Seagulls, who nearly dropped out of the Football League two decades ago, were assured of a top-two finish in the Sky Bet Championship after beating Wigan and then seeing promotion rivals Huddersfield held by Derby.

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

Moreover, to see the Seagulls come up to Selhurst and leave wondering why they can't topple the Eagles is something I very much look forward to.

"Obviously there's got to be a bit of balance with loyalty for the squad that have got us here, been so magnificent over not just this season but last as well, but obviously with one or two key reinforcements".

Despite the fans already in party mode, goalkeeper David Stockdale knows there are still games to be played and wants to finish the season as champions. Anthony Knockaert can not wait for a second chance as a Premier League footballer after helping Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion gain promotion.

Jackson Irvine's Burton Albion gave their survival bid a boost and leapfrogged Birmingham in the process, thanks to a 2-0 triumph, built around goals from Lloyd Dyer and Lucas Akins.

First Lewis Grabban then John Swift beat Richard O'Donnell to seal the points with a 2-1 win.

Huddersfield could have closed the gap to Brighton and second-placed Newcastle with a win.

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