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Hughton joy as Brighton shock United



Staying up: Chris Hughton

Staying up: Chris Hughton

Staying up: Chris Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton hailed his players after they stunned Manchester United last night and secured their Premier League safety.

The Seagulls, who soar up to 41 points and into 11th place, deservedly beat United with a goal awarded by goal-line technology.

Pascal Gross' header from Jose Izquierdo's cross was cleared by Marcos Rojo - but from just behind the line. Hughton said: "I thought every man was brilliant tonight.

"I've got a group of players who ended up having great belief and I think it showed today what it means to the team.

"I think we learned probably after the first few games, that the performances were good enough that we could compete, and I think that encourages the team and gives them a lot of confidence."

Hughton can now start getting ready for the club's second season in the top flight since 1983. United boss Jose Mourinho was disappointed with his side's showing, saying: "It was not good enough.

"The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well."

Belfast Telegraph