Brighton players and fans celebrate promotion  at the AMEX Stadium, in Brighton
Brighton players and fans celebrate promotion at the AMEX Stadium, in Brighton Gareth Fuller

Brighton seals long-awaited EPL promotion

FOOTBALL: Brighton has sealed its historic promotion to the English Premier League after rival Huddersfield suffered a shock loss in the Championship.

Brighton increased its lead at the top of the competition table to seven points with a 2-1 win over Wigan.

It's promotion to the top tier for the first time in 34 years was confirmed when Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield failed to beat Derby County, leaking an 88th minute goal in their 1-1 draw.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has challenged his players to now go on and win the Championship.

"One thing we spoke about afterwards is it's a wonderful achievement, particularly after last season, to get promotion. That's the first thing," Hughton said.

"But what these lads want to do - whenever it is, two years' time, three years, 10, 20 years' time - is they want to be able to say they won the division and went up as champions.

"That will add something to all of their CVs, all of their thoughts when they're looking back. We've put ourselves in a good position to attempt to do it."

Brighton fans celebrate their team's promotion at the AMEX Stadium
Brighton fans celebrate their team's promotion at the AMEX Stadium Gareth Fuller

Huddersfield could have closed the gap to Brighton and second-placed Newcastle with a win.

The draw leaves Huddersfield in fourth, with a game in hand of both Reading and Newcastle but seven points off automatic promotion.

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