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29 April 2017

The Albion manager is urging his players to take advantage of the chance to win the title.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton insists his players have a wonderful opportunity to make history, as a victory over Bristol City this afternoon would secure the Sky Bet Championship title.

The Seagulls are within touching distance of winning the league, and Hughton is desperate to secure top spot - something he believes his players thoroughly deserve.

He said, “Certainly in regards to any personal achievements, winning a title would be right up there. But it’s mostly for this group of lads.

“When you go through a playing career, there are a higher percentage of players that don’t win anything, and that might be a cup competition, promotion or winning a title.

“These are precious days, particularly for senior players like Bruno, who’s been outstanding for me in the period of time I’ve been here.

“We’ve spoken long and hard about what this means to the club, but certainly for the players, it’s the end of a brilliant season and they couldn’t have put much more in than they have done.”

Hughton expects his team to approach Saturday’s game like any other, and says that finishing above Championship rivals Newcastle United will provide his players with a boost heading into next season.

“We’ve fought hard all season to achieve our aim and, of course, the bigger chunk of it has been done. But I don’t think you can be as competitive as we’ve been all season and not want to finish the job.

“Training has been good. Apart from the obvious players, we’ve got a fully-fit squad to pick from. I certainly won’t want us to do anything differently to what we’ve done all season.

“If we’re able to win on Saturday, then the confidence that this group of players will have is that we’re going up as champions.

“You’d like to think there would be a confidence of finishing above Newcastle as well, and the players could take that into next season.”

The Robins have spent much of the season in the bottom half of the table battling against the threat of relegation, but Hughton feels their performances warrant a higher league placing.

“Bristol City are a good side, but I think with their level of ability and the way they’ve played, their position in the league is a bit of a false one.

“On their day, they can be a very good side, as they showed against Huddersfield a few weeks ago. Anybody that’s involved in competitive sport can see that everybody wants to win.

“It will be a tough game; we’ve got to manage the occasion in the best way we can, and that’s going back to the good things we’ve done this season.”

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