Seagulls soar to premier league


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2015-16 - Chris Hughton's side miss out on automatic promotion on final day before losing in play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday over two legs.

"Everyone at the club has been working very hard ever since to get to this position".

Anthony Knockaert can not wait for a second chance as a Premier League footballer after helping Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion gain promotion.

"I think it was a conscious decision that they wanted that again, and the signs were there early in the season".

"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. Fortunately for us, somebody scored in the last five minutes that went our way". 'We wanted to keep him and that was one of our easier ones.

The chairman has put in an estimated £250million of his own money to drive the Seagulls to the Premier League. Our away form has improved from past year and probably that's the key to the success we've had this season. "We must have designs on winning this league because I think that will certainly cement in our players' minds something really, really worthwhile".

England Under-21 global Solly March ensured the celebrations could continue in earnest, when he converted Anthony Knockaert's cutback, and a late goal from substitute Nick Powell could not change the picture.

Zola quit as Birmingham boss after they lost 2-0 at home to Burton Albion - a result that leaves them just three points above the relegation zone.

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.

The promotion will provide them with a major financial boost but Bloom maintained the side would maintain a sensible spending policy. Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton. The first stage was get us to stay up.

Fortunately for Newcastle, Huddersfield Town failed to close the gap on them and sit fourth with a game in hand on Newcastle and Reading.

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