Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Brighton seal Premier League promotion for first time in their history

Brighton effectively sealed promotion to the English Premier League and increased their lead at the top of the championship to seven points, with a 2-1 win over Wigan.

The Seagulls can win the title with a sixth straight win at Norwich on Friday. "I knew we had a group of lads that were capable of doing it (getting promoted), but being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things". "That's the first thing". The aim was to put ourselves within an opportunity to get promotion, and we've managed to do that earlier than what we thought.

Monday's joy was all the more welcome given Bloom had experienced several near misses, none more so than last season when they lost out in heartbreaking fashion on the second and last automatic promotion place on goal difference. They made up their minds they wanted more of it.

"Everyone at the club has been working very hard ever since to get to this position. Definitely better away from home". We had a board meeting planned but that became the first day of the new season. I think we've been great value this season. "We have to all take responsibility, we win together and we lose together".

"It's a performance today that apart from that last 15 minutes warrants us being where we are, we've been outstanding all season".

"It's a nice feeling but now, of course, what I don't want is for these last three games to go out with a little bit of a whimper".

"I played a few games at the Withdean, but when we moved here I had my first full season".

'Anthony Knockaert loves Brighton and loves playing for this club, ' said Bloom. We kept all our main players, we strengthened, helped all the players believe this was going to be our season, and so it has proved.

England Under-21 worldwide Solly March ensured the celebrations could continue in earnest, when he converted Anthony Knockaert's cutback, and a late goal from substitute Nick Powell could not change the picture. We did that really well in the summer, bringing in good stable individuals to help the team, and they've [all] grown since then.

Even back in February, Barber said the club had already budgeted for promotion - as well as an alternative financial plan if they failed again.

He added: "Brighton have got that quality and they have done a fantastic job".

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