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Brighton and Hove Albion secure promotion into Premier League

21 April 2017

It is not a young side and there is no doubt that the disappointment of last season hit the team in the right places. 'He wasn't settled at Standard Liege and wanted to come back to England. He has that X-factor'. Our away form has improved from previous year and probably that's the key to the success we've had this season. We set our stall out that's what we wanted to do'.

Chris Hughton's side kicked off two hours earlier than the Terriers, and victory for Brighton meant Huddersfield needed victory to keep their narrow automatic promotion hopes alive. His two previous spells as a Premier League manager both ended in him being sacked, although many felt he was treated extremely harshly by both Newcastle and Norwich.

"We got a little bit complacent in the last 10 minutes, as if it was already party mode, which I didn't like because we've got a Championship to win now". We recruited really well - not many, but we recruited really well. Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton.

Don't get me wrong, playing in the best league in the world is not something I take for granted - and I'd take playing Stoke away in the Premier League over playing Brighton in the Championship every day of the week. Words can't describe what Chris and all the players have done this season.

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"We were in a bad position when he came in", Bloom said.

"Now we've got to refocus again".

Brighton's revival offers inspiration for proud clubs on the slide, such as Leyton Orient and Coventry, suffering under unscrupulous ownership.

2010-11: After several years of yo-yoing between the second and third tiers, Gus Poyet delivered promotion back to the Championship, just in time for the opening of their new 30,000-seater Amex Stadium.

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Hughton, who saw his South Coast outfit, just miss out on the top flight last term, can now plot and plan for visits to Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane, Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.

Playmaker Knockaert was Albion's stand-out man this season but his previous Premier League campaign was forgettable.

"What would the future have held if we were in the Conference without a ground?"

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