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Sunday 23 July 2017

Hughton stays calm

Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert celebrates scoring his side's second goal Photo: PA
Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert celebrates scoring his side's second goal Photo: PA

Brighton boss Chris Hughton insisted the Seagulls must keep their cool after victory at Wolves put them on the verge of promotion.

Anthony Knockaert's double at Molineux secured a 2-0 victory and means the Sky Bet Championship leaders can secure a place in the Premier League on Monday.

The Seagulls - now title favourites - host Wigan and victory would mathematically end a 34-year top flight exile if they better Huddersfield's result at Derby.

But a win would effectively book promotion as Brighton's goal difference is vastly superior than the Terriers', who can now only reach 92 points.

Yet Hughton, who won the title with Newcastle in 2010, urged caution and said the Seagulls cannot bank on going up on Monday.

"As manager and as a group of players you shouldn't think of it that way," he said.

"We all know a win on Monday would all but mathematically see us up but it would be irresponsible of me and a group of players who have conducted themselves well all season to think that."

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