Brighton & Hove Albion played nine matches in all competitions across the final two months of the campaign, appearing at the new Wembley Stadium for the first time in the club’s history as well as sealing Premier League survival.
Chelsea 3 Albion 0
April began with a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but the Seagulls found themselves on the end of a defeat in West London.
Olivier Giroud put the home side ahead before the break, before goals after the restart from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealed what turned out to be a comfortable victory for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
Manchester City 1 Albion 0
Three days later Albion contested an Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus headed Pep Guardiola’s team ahead after just three minutes, but the Seagulls responded well and grew into the game.
Kyle Walker saw yellow for clashing with Alireza Jahanbakhsh later in the opening period, despite calls for the full-back to see red.
Glenn Murray saw an effort from close range hacked agonisingly off the line by Aymeric Laporte after the restart, and despite Albion’s best efforts they bowed out of the competition in the last four.
Albion 0 AFC Bournemouth 5
AFC Bournemouth visited the Amex Stadium the following weekend and walked away with all three points thanks to goals from Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas.
Albion 0 Cardiff City 2
Three days later Cardiff City came to Sussex, and goals in either half from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison gave the Bluebirds a 2-0 win.
Wolves 0 Albion 0
Albion were on the road for their next league fixture – away to Wolves at Molineux - and a dogged performance earned the Seagulls a vital point away from home.
Maty Ryan made a string of fine saves in the second half and Albion defended resolutely throughout to secure a well-earned draw.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Albion 0
A visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium followed in midweek, and once again Albion held their own for the majority of the contest.
The Seagulls kept the eventual Champions League finalists at bay for most of the evening, but Christian Eriksen’s long-range effort two minutes from time skipped past Ryan and into the back of the net to give Spurs the win.
Albion 1 Newcastle United 1
Albion faced Newcastle United at the Amex in their final game of the April, and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 18th minute through Ayoze Perez.
But the hosts would find an equaliser 15 minutes from time through Pascal Gross, the side’s first strike of the month.
The German got on the end of Murray’s header back across goal following a cross from the right, and the midfielder’s effort found its way past Martin Dubravka and into the net.
Arsenal 1 Albion 1
The final away game of the season came against Arsenal at the Emirates, with Albion’s Premier League status for the 2019/20 season already confirmed following Crystal Palace’s victory over Cardiff City a day earlier.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty nine minutes into the game put the Gunners ahead, but it was Albion who created more before the break, with Yves Bissouma and Solly March causing the home side problems in defence.
And just past the hour mark March was fouled inside the area by Granit Xhaka, and Murray stepped up to coolly convert the spot-kick and earn the Seagulls a well-deserved point.
Albion 1 Manchester City 4
The final game of the campaign saw Albion host Manchester City at the Amex, in a much-anticipated Premier League title-decider.
Murray put the cat amongst the pigeons when his 27th minute header stunned the visitors, but Sergio Aguero levelled the scores just a minute later to calm City nerves.
Laporte then put City in front before the break, before goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan extended the advantage after the break to seal the Premier League crown for Guardiola’s men.
It was also to be Bruno’s final game of his career, as the Spaniard hung up his boots after seven years on the south coast – the defender received a standing ovation as he left the field in the second half and got a rousing reception and a guard of honour from his teammates at full-time on an emotional afternoon.