We expected Brighton to beat Bristol City at home last night, but they lost for the second game in a row, this time 1-0 and the Robins are now safe in the Championship with 54 points – 6 points above the drop zone .
Blackburn are locked on 48 points with Nottingham Forest who have a goal difference just one goal better than Blackburn.
Rotherham and Wigan are already relegated.
Brighton’s successful manager Chris Hughton
To think Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League in 1995 under Kenny Dalglish and Nottingham Forest won the European Cup twice in succession in 1979 and 1980 under the great Brian Clough.
How times have changed.
As for Brighton, their home form is the best in the Championship and before last night’s game they had 17 wins in 22 league games at the Amex and had lost only two games at home – one to Newcastle United 2-1.
Hughton really wants to win the Championship and he had this to say to Sky Sports after the game last night:
“It’s disappointing because we’ve had two opportunities to clinch the title but we now have to leave it to a very tough game, away to Aston Villa.”
“There is no doubt we were the better side today.”
“I think we just lacked that little bit of quality in our crosses and we probably made it too easy for them to defend.”
“It’s still very much in our hands and it’s a big one from us. We have a week to prepare.”
“We will have to show better quality than what we did today because again we’re up against a team who are in fine form.”
“It was a wonderful achievement to get promoted with three games to go, but we want to finish top.” “We have to be confident.”
“I don’t know what happened.” “The preparation was good, and it was a really good opportunity to win.”
“We had a lot of the ball, but Bristol City defended very well, particularly their two centre-halves.”
“We didn’t have that bit of quality as we have in other games. We lacked that edge.” “Bristol City had not lost in four games, and you have to give them credit.”
“The Villa game will be as tough as the Norwich one was. But we have been better away from home than last season.”
“And if we play to our levels we have a chance.”
On away form, Newcastle are the best performing team in the Championship with 46 points and a club record 14 wins in our 23 road games this season.
For home form we are only 7th with 45 points from 22 games but we can make that 48 points from 23 games with a win next Sunday against Barnsley.
On away form Brighton are the 3rd best team in the league with 11 wins in their 22 away games but Aston Villa have lost only 3 times in 22 home games this season.
If Newcastle beat Barnsley next Sunday then Brighton will need to beat Villa to go up as Champions
It’s going to be very close but we can do it!!