Promoted teams in profile: Brighton and Hove Albion

By SFC Media Mon 12 Jun First team
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We continue our look at the three promoted clubs that Southampton will come up against in the 2017/18 season, with a profile of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton and Hove Albion reached the top-flight for the first time since the 1982/83 season.

After the heartache of three Championship play-off defeats in four seasons and missing out on automatic promotion by just two goals twelve months previous, they channelled their pent-up frustration to reach the promised land.

The Seagulls picked up the most Championship points at home, winning 17 of the 22 games at the Amex Stadium, with a water-tight defence clocking up 21 clean sheets.

Winger Anthony Knockaert was named the Championship Player of the Year after netting 15 goals and contributing eight assists, while Glenn Murray proved prolific with 23 goals.

Their promotion was particularly poignant, coming 20 years since they almost crashed out of the Football League on the final day of the 1996/97 season when a 1-1 home draw with Hereford helped retain their status.

Manager

Since Chris Hughton arrived in 2014 to replace Sami Hyppia, the club has gone from strength to strength.

He has won 63 of his 123 games with the south coast club having previously managed Newcastle United and Norwich City in the top-flight, as well as doing a superb job at Birmingham despite off the field difficulty.

Hughton was named the Championship Manager of the Season and the fact he was granted the freedom of the city following promotion is testament to his ever-burgeoning popularity in Brighton.

Connections

Former Saints midfielder Dean Hammond started his career with Brighton, making 155 appearances before a move to Colchester United.

He signed at St Mary’s in 2009 and was captain when the club lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley a year later.

Hammond re-joined the Seagulls during a loan spell in the 2012/13 season.

Defender Vegard Forren also signed for Chris Hughton’s men on a deal until the end of the season after time with Southampton in 2013.

Head-to-head record


Saints wins: 22

Draws: 10

Brighton wins: 8

Previous four meetings

January 2012: Brighton 3-0 Southampton
November 2011: Southampton 3-0 Brighton (Lambert hat-trick)
April 2011: Brighton 1-2 Southampton (Connolly, Fonte)
November 2010: Southampton 0-0 Brighton

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