United loan star can help Brighton clinch pro­mo­tion, says Zamora

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Bobby Zamora be­lieves the sign­ing of James Wil­son con­firms the progress of Brighton and Hove Al­bion and un­der­lines the club’s am­bi­tion to main­tain their im­pres­sive start to the cam­paign.

Brighton re­main un­beaten, two points clear at the head of the Cham­pi­onship, main­tain­ing a level of form few thought pos­si­ble af­ter the club’s brush with rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son. Their sta­tus as pro­mo­tion con­tenders is gath­er­ing cred­i­bil­ity with ev­ery pass­ing week.

Zamora, who scored the win­ning goal here, be­lieves that the move to bring in Wil­son on loan from Manch­ester United un­til the end of the sea­son shows that Chris Hughton, the Brighton man­ager, is build­ing from a po­si­tion of strength.

“It speaks vol­umes for the club and where they want to go,” said Zamora, who has now scored four goals de­spite making just three league starts. “We all said in the chang­ing room, we are in a great po­si­tion, it would be al­most fool­ish for the club not to keep go­ing on the front foot. And they have cer­tainly shown that and the di­rec­tion the club wants to go.”

Wil­son’s con­tri­bu­tion was brief but the for­ward, 19, still man­aged to hit the post as Brighton held on to de­fend the vic­tory se­cured by Zamora’s 47th-minute win­ning goal af­ter Birm­ing­ham’s Jon Toral had can­celled out the open­ing goal from Solly March. Brighton’s re­silience has been a fea­ture of their sea­son so far and Zamora be­lieves they are at a stage where their am­bi­tions should ex­tend be­yond a place in the play-offs, with au­to­matic pro­mo­tion now the clear tar­get.

“Au­to­matic pro­mo­tion is what we want,” the for­ward said. “It would be fool­ish not to be look­ing at the top two.”

Birm­ing­ham, who lie sixth, 10 points be­hind Brighton, also have hopes of sus­tain­ing a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge and could have left with a point had David Stock­dale, the Al­bion keeper, not pulled off a late save.

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