Brighton promoted to Premier League from Championship for first time

It is the second time in three years that Knockaert has won promotion from the second tier, although his achievement with Leicester in 2014 was subsequently dampened when he was restricted to just three league starts the following season before being sold. "Fortunately for us, somebody scored in the last five minutes that went our way".

But Albion have stormed back this term to win 28 of their 43 league games to build a comfortable lead over second-placed Newcastle with three fixtures remaining, from which they need just three points to claim the title. The aim was to put ourselves within an opportunity to get promotion, and we've managed to do that earlier than what we thought.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale reckons securing promotion has silenced the critics who claimed Brighton were destined to repeat last season's meltdown.

The draw means Brighton are guaranteed to finish in the top two of the championship and play premier league football next season.

"We're not going to rest on our laurels - I know the gaffer won't - we will literally be looking at next week now and trying to win the Championship". "We'll certainly try our best to do that". We were desperate to keep the main players who had done so well last season. "To put together the run they have, at this stage of the season, is incredibly hard, and they deserve every bit of credit", Brighton manager Chris Hughton said.

Despite the pressures of the job and the microscope that football fraternity is constantly under, Hughton is still very much in love with the game. We were in a bad position when he came in. "He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy", he added. "He's a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club", Hughton said after the match at Amex Stadium.

The 58-year-old told talkSPORT: "This club has Premier League facilities - the stadium and the training ground are exceptional, but of course, it's ok having the facilities, you've got to be a Premier League team". Brighton are now in for a bumper payday, with promotion to the Premier League worth an estimated £170m.

  • Loretta Pittman