Championship Review: Brighton promoted as Zola calls time on rotten reign

Chris Hughton wants his Brighton & Hove Albion side to secure the Championship title as the fitting end to the club's 20-year journey from near extinction to the Premier League. They've bounced back and shown good determination and desire to win as many game as possible.

Blackburn Rovers edged closer to escaping the drop thanks to their draw with Bristol City and a defeat for Nottingham Forest, while Birmingham City's loss to Burton Albion has left them looking over their shoulders and prompted Gianfranco Zola to resign.

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.

Goals either side of half-time, from Glenn Murray and Solly March, put Albion into a commanding position against Wigan at the Amex Stadium, although a headed goal from Wigan's Nick Powell in the 85th minute set nerves jangling among the home supporters.

And when Aaron Mooy's Hudderfsield Town were held 1-1 by Derby County, Brighton's move to the topflight was assured.

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"We've got a very competitive squad who will all want an opportunity to play in the Premier League", he added. Words can't describe what Chris and all the players have done this season.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at where the Seagulls may need to improve in order to compete in the Premier League. The Frenchman was promoted with Leicester in 2014 but Foxes manager Nigel Pearson handed him just three league starts the following year, preferring the creative talents of Riyad Mahrez. They've done it. It's just an unbelievable performance. Hughton, who has won 63 of his 123 games in charge on the south coast, has managed in the top flight with Newcastle and Norwich.

However according to Juice Brighton, the players ended up giving the supporters the slip by the clock tower, and went off on their own.

Aron Gunnarsson gave Cardiff a 1-0 win over struggling Nottingham Forest, and Brentford drew 1-1 at Barnsley as Florian Jozefzoon and Marley Watkins scored.

But hey! Let's not write the game off just because it won't be a competitive game.

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