The post-match reaction from Albion's play-off semi final.
CHRIS HUGHTON feels his Brighton & Hove Albion players can hold their heads up high after a highly progressive season and says the chairman and club’s fans can be proud of the team’s efforts.
The Albion manager is now challenging the squad to replicate their displays from this season going into the new campaign.
He said, “The chairman is a Brighton supporter born and bred and he has invested very heavily in this club. It means more to him than anybody. But he is very proud of that group of players in there.
“It has been a wonderful atmosphere all season and we like to think that we have given our supporters something to cheer about all season – not just in the results that we have got but in the way that we have played.
“I think they have seen a very committed team and that is the benchmark. What they do have to see is the same commitment that the players have shown all season again.
"This division will continue to get tougher. It is tough enough already with the number of games that you have to play and the level of performance of most of the teams, and we went through a big chunk of this season winning games by a single goal – that’s how tight the margins are.
“So yes we expect it to be even tougher next season but also the three teams that have come down will find out how tough this division is. We will have to make sure that we use that to our advantage, come strong again and use the events of this season to our benefit.”
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CARLOS CARVALHAL was magnanimous in victory after Sheffield Wednesday secured their place in the Championship Play-Off Final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Brighton.
Ross Wallace’s strike cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s opener to maintain Wednesday’s 2-0 cushion in the two-legged tie and the head coach praised the spirit shown by his team.
He told swfc.co.uk, “Firstly, I want to mention Brighton.
“They’ve had a very good season and have been unlucky towards the end of the season.
“I think they deserved to be promoted, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t, because we have also had a good season.
“We had to fight like a team because Brighton are a good side.
“This was not our best game of the season, but today was about the fight of the players.”
Carvalhal admits it will be a dream come true to manage a team at Wembley after watching old cup finals at the famous stadium.
“When I was a boy, we used to watch the cup finals at Wembley.
“When I got the chance to come to England I never thought in my first year that I would go to Wembley.
“It has been an ambition and something I have dreamed of.
“We have a 50-50 chance, we are the underdogs because the other teams have been ready for longer, this is our first season as a group.
“But, we have the same chance once we get to the final, and we will play to win.”