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Chris Hughton’s Brighton Clinch Promotion To The Premier League

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Chris Hughton manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on February 28, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

After suffering heartbreak last season, Chris Hughton and Brighton & Hove Albion have finally reached the promised land of the Premier League.

The Seagulls led the way in the Championship last season before being leapfrogged by Burnley and Middlesbrough. Indeed, a draw against the latter on the last day of the season at the Riverside meant that Hughton’s side missed out on promotion on goal difference.

The former Ireland international was determined to avoid the mistakes of the past this year, and having been a permanent fixture in the top two since October, Brighton have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 1983.

Indeed, they achieved promotion on Monday without having to kick a ball. They did their part on Monday afternoon by defeating Wigan 2-1 at the AMEX to make it all but mathematically certain that they would be going up, but it was third-placed Huddersfield’s failure to beat Derby County in the later kick-off that sealed it for them.

Even if Huddersfield had managed to win, however, the goal difference between themselves and Brighton was so large (30+, in fact) that there was pretty much no chance of the gap being closed.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic at Amex Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

While promotion to the Premier League has been secured, attention now turns to the race to lift the Championship trophy at the end of the season. Brighton have a seven-point lead over second-placed Newcastle with three games remaining, and while that should be enough to finish top of the league, Hughton will be determined to end the season on the highest note possible.

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