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HUGHTON'S PRIDE AFTER HISTORIC VICTORY

17 April 2017

Albion's manager reflects on a massive victory over Wigan.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton expressed his pride in the playing squad, after they all but secured promotion to the Premier League with a historic 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Amex.

The Seagulls recorded a fifth successive victory to move on to 92 points, meaning Huddersfield Town would have to overturn a +33 goal difference to prevent promotion, and Hughton heaped praise on his players for their achievement.

He said, “I’m incredibly proud of the way that they bounced back [from last season]. To put together the run they have, at this stage of the season, is incredibly difficult, and they deserve every bit of credit.

“I expected us to be right up there challenging, and if you said to me at some stage we’d be top of the division, I would have thought we’d have developed well and learned a lot from last season.

“I knew we had a group of lads that were capable of doing it, but being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things.

“They’ve been good all season. They’ve bounced back and shown good determination and desire to win as many game as possible.

“It’s a wonderful achievement and there’s so many people that I’m absolutely delighted for, certainly the chairman. He’s a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club.”

Hughton reflected on his finest moments within the game, and highlighted today’s achievement with the Seagulls as the most exciting, as they sit on the verge of reaching the Premier League.

“Right at this moment, this is the most exciting one [achievement]. I went up with Newcastle as a team that just came down, and although we’d lost players, I had a very strong team.

“At Norwich it was different, they were already a Premier League team and we managed to finish 11th in that first season.

“But this is a club that haven’t been in the Premier League. This was a club that had been in the play-offs two years running before I got here, so it wasn’t a club that was used to being at the bottom end of the division.

“Fortunately in that first season, the players were able to turn things around and we’ve gone from strength to strength from then on.

Albion need just three points to secure the Championship title after Newcastle United’s loss at Ipswich Town, and Hughton quickly turned his attention to Friday’s game against Norwich City.

“I’m as excited as anybody, but I have to have that little bit of sensibility, because we’ve got another big game on Friday.

“If we’re able to win the game on Friday, that would be the ultimate, not only promotion but it would see us winning the Championship and that’s got to be the target now.”

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