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Saturday 16 December 2017

Joy for Hughton as Brighton promoted to Premier League

Chris Hughton, manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Chris Hughton, manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Brighton sealed promotion to the Premier League, and moved a step closer to winning the SkyBet Championship, after beating Wigan 2-1 at a jubilant Amex Stadium.

The win was enough to spark jubilant scenes at the Amex Stadium, but their elevation to the top table was not confirmed mathematically until Huddersfield drew 1-1 at Derby in the late kick-off.

Jacob Butterfield's 88th-minute equaliser was enough to cancel out Collin Quaner's effort and formalise the Seagulls celebration party. Glenn Murray had opened the scoring for Chris Hughton's side eight minutes before half-time, his 22nd goal of the campaign and fifth in as many games at home. 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.

p Newcastle, league leaders for so long, slipped to seven points behind the Seagulls as they took their winless run to three matches with a 3-1 reverse at Ipswich.

Freddie Sears put the hosts ahead just before half-time, but when former Tractor Boy Daryl Murphy levelled in the second half the Magpies had a chance to switch their fortunes. Instead they conceded twice more, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws the scorers.

  • Gianfranco Zola's brief and forgettable stint at Birmingham ended after a 2-0 defeat at home to Burton.

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