Promoted Brighton back among England's elite

Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray

Brighton sealed a return to the top flight for the first time in 34 years with a comfortable 2-1 home victory over relegation candidates Wigan.

"He added: "(Promotion) is something we feel we deserved.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday's late kick-off.

Promotion comes 20 years after the club stayed in the football league on goal scored and they will become the 47th different side to play on the Premier League.

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

Nick Powell pulled a late goal back for the Latics at the Amex Stadium, but there was to be no equaliser on what was a tough afternoon for the visitors - in front of a largely jubilant crowd of almost 30,000.

Recent seasons have seen Brighton come agonisingly close to going up, with the Seagulls losing play-off semi-finalists in three of the past four campaigns and denied automatic promotion last term on goal difference alone. We were desperate to keep the main players who had done so well last season. We have good players already and we want to strengthen from that position'.

Twenty years ago, the Seagulls nearly slipped out of the Football League at a time when the Goldstone Ground had been sold and they were forced to play in exile at Gillingham and the Withdean athletics stadium before the Amex Stadium was opened in 2011.

"It would be fantastic for us (winning the title), we're one win away and we'll try everything to do it on Friday, and if not Friday, we'll try and do it against Bristol City at home", he said "Some players never get memories like this in their career, so it's wonderful for us".

"I don't necessarily think that was the motivation behind what we've been able to achieve this season", he said.

"But I looked around and just said: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and we will come back from this and do it next season".

Wigan were in the ascendancy, but Brighton were not to be denied as they held on for a famous win. We did that really well in the summer, bringing in good stable individuals to help the team, and they've [all] grown since then.

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