United loan star can help Brighton clinch promotion, says Zamora
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.