Monday, 25 September, 2017

Chris Hughton hails Brighton's promotion to the English Premier League

Anthony Knockaert scored in Brighton's 5-0 Championship win over Norwich City Anthony Knockaert scored in Brighton's 5-0 Championship win over Norwich City
Spencer Simpson | 20 April, 2017, 00:31

Nevertheless, it is Bloom's love for the game and club which has ultimately ensured Brighton reaching the pinnacle of England's soccer league.

"The best thing we've got now is another challenge". The aim was to put ourselves within an opportunity to get promotion, and we've managed to do that earlier than what we thought.

"We knew it was going to be this kind of game but we were not ready - it seems we were not mentally ready", the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager added. Whether it's Arsenal performing well below expectations, Sunderland spending year after year barely escaping relegation (and likely not pulling it off this season), key players getting injured, key players demanding transfers...

"People kept trying to write us off, to write us off against Newcastle".

Chris Hughton's men will now look to finish the season strongly and win the Championship outright, a feat which can be achieved with just one more win.

Daniel Pudil struck a first-half victor for Sheffield Wednesday as they saw off QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road to go fifth and remain in the driving seat for a play-off spot, having lost in the final last season.

I've seen a fair bit on social media that Brighton are "coming for us" which is lovely, considering we've been waiting for that for four years. They were in the fourth tier and seemed set to lose their Football League status as they were 13 points adrift at the bottom at one stage. However, the Seagulls' promotion to the Premier League was something that got me, and I'm sure all of Crystal Palace fans', licking their lips. We were in a bad position when he came in. Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton.

And Hughton, who has worked wonders since taking charge midway through the 2014/15 season, insists everything at the club is geared for top flight football.

He added: "We've got to consolidate, The gaffer is the ideal man to do that".

Asked what his club will bring to the Premier League, Bloom replied: 'A great city, a great fan base, an wonderful stadium sold out every game, and hopefully on the pitch we will do the city and our supporters proud. "Being in the Premier League is massive but we don't intend it to be the last by a long shot".

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