Albion's quest for promotion ended in the play-offs.
The penultimate league game of the season ended in a 1-1 draw against Derby County at the Amex Stadium on Monday 2nd May.
A record Amex crowd of 30,292 fans filled the Amex, in what turned out to be tense and nervy encounter.
Andreas Weimann came off the bench to give Derby the lead in the 70th minute, before Lewis Dunk was sent off a second bookable offence just moments later.
James Wilson ensured Albion claimed a share of the spoils in stoppage time, which meant Albion needed to win away at Middlesbrough to secure a top-two finish.
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Despite a brave effort on Teesside, Chris Hughton’s men were forced to settle for a place in the play-offs after a 1-1 draw on 7th May.
Cristhian Stuani gave Boro the lead in the 19th minute, before Dale Stephens kept Albion’s automatic promotion dreams alive with a 55th-minute equaliser.
But in a cruel twist of fate, Stephens was harshly shown a straight red card for a challenge on Gaston Ramirez, as Albion played the last half-hour with ten men.
The Seagulls would face sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs, with the first match at Hillsborough on Friday 13th May.
It proved to be a night to forget, after goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee gave Wednesday a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg. The night’s misery was compounded with Anthony Knockaert, Connor Goldson, Steve Sidwell and Tomer Hemed all taken off with injuries, and the side against reduced to ten men for a lengthy spell in the second half.
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