Brighton aim­ing for quick pro­mo­tion

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Brighton man­ager Chris Hughton has re­fused to look be­yond today’s home game against rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers Wi­gan as his side stand on the brink of pro­mo­tion.

The Seag­ulls will ef­fec­tively seal a re­turn to English foot­ball’s top flight for the first time in 34 years if they se­cure a fifth straight league win due to their vastly su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence over third-placed Hud­der­s­field Town.

The south-coast club, los­ing play-off semi-fi­nal­ists in three of the last four sea­sons, have never ap­peared in the Premier League af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated from the old First Divi­sion in 1983 and Hughton is de­ter­mined to see the job through.

When asked if he could touch pro­mo­tion, Hughton, who won the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle with New­cas­tle in 2010, said: “We all can.

“My re­sponse is to be as calm as pos­si­ble and that no one is start­ing to look at games ahead and at tar­gets when we haven’t reached any yet.

“We would like to do it as quickly as pos­si­ble. Un­til that hap­pens you have to keep peo­ple as level-headed as pos­si­ble. The fo­cus has to be on Mon­day.”

Hud­der­s­field’s tele­vised game at Derby is a 5pm kick-off and Hughton said he was not sure if he will be watch­ing.

“(I have) no plans at this mo­ment,” he added. “It’s a big Mon­day. Ir­re­spec­tive of any re­sult, math­e­mat­i­cally we haven’t achieved it.

“Un­til we achieve what we want we have to fo­cus on what the game is. It’ll be very much about our own game.”

Sec­ond-bot­tom Wi­gan kept their sur­vival hopes alive by fight­ing back from two goals down against Barns­ley on Fri­day to seal back-to-back wins and have it all to play for still.

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