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Brighton midfielder Stephens seeks promotion history

Dale Stephens is out of contract at Brighton in the summer Credit: PA

Dale Stephens has urged his Brighton team-mates to write their names into the club's history books.

The Championship leaders will end a 34-year exile from the top flight if they better Huddersfield's result on Monday, with a win practically guaranteeing their ascent due to superior goal difference.

Chris Hughton's side host struggling Wigan while the Terriers go to Derby in the late kick-off, potentially forcing Brighton to wait to discover their fate.

Their Premier League chance comes 20 years after they almost dropped out of the Football League and were homeless, playing at Gillingham, when their old Goldstone Ground home was sold.

And after the tales of woe, which include playing at old athletics ground the Withdean Stadium, midfielder Stephens wants to create some different stories.

Hughton's men are four points clear of second-placed Newcastle in the race for the title after a 2-0 win at Wolves on Friday.

The Magpies dropped points with a 1-1 draw with Leeds but Stephens, who is out of contract in the summer, insisted Brighton must focus on promotion before clinching the title.

We get told about [the old stadium] a lot! I played against Brighton at the Withdean for Oldham so I know a bit about the history.

We are reminded about it by the fans and everyone wants us to get promoted to take this group of players to the next level.

If we do it it'll be a massive achievement for everyone. It'll be fully deserved. If we do it it'll go down in the history of the football club and I'll be proud to be a part of it.

I'd like to get promoted first, the aim of this season from the outset was to gain promotion and that still remains our number-one target.

This league is so unpredictable it can certainly bite you. We look at the next game, we have put ourselves in a really good position and we want to capitalise on where we are.

Monday is the next opportunity to do so.

– Dale Stephens

Brighton in a strong position - manager Hughton

Hughton's side are inching closer toward promotion Credit: PA

Brighton boss Chris Hughton admitted his men had "put themselves in a good position" after their 3-1 home victory over Birmingham took them back to the top of the Championship table with six games remaining.

The Seagulls hold a 10-point advantage over third-placed Reading after goals from Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Uwe Huenemeier gave them their 10th home win out of 12 in the league.

Hughton felt Brighton had deserved to win their last two games but warned against complacency in the remaining matches, while also praising Murray for reaching the 20-goal milestone this term.

We have put ourselves in a good position.

I would have been absolutely delighted had someone offered me this at the start of the season.

But there are too many good teams; Huddersfield have two games in hand and Reading are going well.

We have got a group of players who are desperate to do well.

The team have stayed together and have had drive to get promotion. We have deserved to win our last two games when not at our best.

Glenn has been a very good acquisition for us. The team have been good for Glenn and Glenn has been good for the team.

When we took Glenn we knew he was someone who scores goals, and he scores different types of goals.

– Chris Hughton

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Giant-killers Lincoln knock Brighton out of FA Cup

Delight for Lincoln. Credit: PA

National League side Lincoln City pulled off another FA Cup shock as they knocked Championship leaders Brighton out in the fourth round with a 3-1 win at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln, who beat Ipswich after a replay in round three, had to come from behind after Richie Towell put Brighton ahead on 24 minutes.

The Imps, currently top of the National League, were handed a way back into the tie on 57 minutes. Glenn Murray grappled with Robinson, and Alan Power converted the spot-kick past substitute goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, who replaced the injured Niki Maenpaa.

An own-goal from Seagulls defender Fikayo Tomori, who is on loan from Chelsea, put the non-league side in front on 62 minutes.

Robinson added a third on the break to secure Lincoln's place in the FA Cup fifth round for only the second time since losing to Glasgow Rangers in 1886-87.

Brighton beat QPR 3-0 to go top of Championship

Brighton players celebrate Sam Baldock's early goal. Credit: PA

Brighton leapfrogged Newcastle at the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 victory over 10-man QPR at the Amex Stadium.

A fine early goal from Sam Baldock put the Seagulls on their way to a fourth successive win before a Glenn Murray penalty and an Anthony Knockaert strike extended Albion's unbeaten run to 17 games.

Struggling Rangers, reduced to 10 men early in the second half when captain Nedum Onuoha received a straight red card, have now lost their last six matches and failed to score in five of them.

Calderwood leaves Brighton for Aston Villa

Colin Calderwood is off to Villa Park. Credit: PA

Colin Calderwood has joined Aston Villa as assistant manager after the club agreed a compensation package with Brighton.

The Scot had been Chris Hughton's right-hand man at the Amex since arriving in 2015.

Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed today they had agreed a compensation package with Aston Villa shortly ahead of last night's match, allowing for Colin Calderwood's release from his notice period this weekend.

The club would like to thank Colin for his service since February 2015 and to wish him well for the future.

Brighton & Hove Albion will now look to finalise its recruitment process for a new assistant manager.

– Brighton statement

Hughton signs new four-year contract with Brighton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year contract just days after the club missed out on promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Hughton has committed his future to Brighton. Credit: PA

A draw at Middlesbrough on the final day of the regular league season saw Brighton condemned to third place in the Sky Bet Championship, when automatic promotion was tantalisingly close.

A painful play-off semi-final defeat followed at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, meaning Brighton must try again next season to earn a place in the top flight.

And the ambitious Seagulls board members trust Hughton to lead the challenge, handing him a new deal that runs until 2020.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told the club's official website: "Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season.

"There is no doubt he is one of the best and most skilful managers in the country and we are delighted to be going into next season with Chris at the helm and leading our club, as we aim to go one step further and realise our ultimate aim of reaching the Premier League."

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