How Brighton stayed up: The 12 key moments that sealed Albion's Premier League status

A 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Monday saw Brighton confirm their top flight status for a fourth consecutive season

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 5:57 pm
Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter

Scroll down and click through to see Albion's 12 key moments during an unprecedented season

With new manager Graham Potter at the helm, getting off to a flying start was key and Albion did that in style with a thumping 3-0 win at Watford. Neal Maupay netted the first of his successful season with Florin Andone also on target.
Something good came from something bad. The red card for Andone played a huge role in this defeat and the Romanian departed for Turkey soon after. Aaron Connolly was promoted up the pecking order to signal a fresh and more youthful approach from Albion.
The highlight of the season for many. Albion had just been outplayed in a 2-0 loss at Chelsea and despite encouraging displays against Burnley, West Ham and Newcastle, Albion hadn't won since Watford. Connolly's two sublime goals and Maupay's opener were decisive as Potter's team delivered a complete performance
This was quite the tussle and Brighton came out on top thanks to a last minute OG by Lucas Digne. Pascal Gross also scored a cracking freekick and Maupay netted from the spot after Connolly caused problems for Everton's Michael Keane. A huge three points and great to see the mild-mannered Potter celebrate wildly at the end.
A terrific away performance and installed confidence after tough losses against Man Utd, Liverpool and Leicester. Adam Webster opened the scoring and Neal Maupay's clever header from Aaron Mooy's cross sealed the three points at the Emirates
Confidence was low after a terrible 3-1 loss at Bournemouth. But twice Albion battled back from a two-goal deficit at the London Stadium for a vital point at their relegation rivals. Pascal Gross and a classy finish from Glenn Murray helped Albion and proved to all that Potter's team would battle all the way for PL survival.
It was not the most glamorous of matches but it was a very good team display and another crucial point against a dangerous Wolves team. Brighton were slowly adapting their style in order to achieve results. It was also the last match before the enforced Premier League lock-down.
The first match after lockdown and an empty Amex saw Pepe open the scoring for the Gunners with a fine strike. Lewis Dunk levelled from close range before Maupay, who was a menace to Arsenal all afternoon, scored a well-taken winner with seconds remaining. This feisty victory saw Albion to a double over Arsenal
Take a bow Tariq. An excellent debut from the youngster helped Albion to a point at Champions League chasing Leicester. Lamptey went on to make telling contributions in the closing matches. It may have been even better at the King Power had Maupay netted a first half penalty after Connolly was hauled down.
Sandwiched in-between hefty defeats to Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City was this high pressure clash at Carrow Road. A clever finish from Leandro Trossard from Aaron Mooy's assist was a huge moment in Brighton's season. Still not mathematically safe but the Albion players knew the significance and celebrated long after the final whistle.
Albion edged closer to safety when Neal Maupay's 10th of the season was cancelled out by Danny Ings 20th to claim a hard earned point. The game will be remembered for Maty Ryan's incredible finger-tip save from Jannik Vestergaard's 30-yard strike. "That one will stay with me for a while," said Ryan after the match.
"Not a match to bring the crowds back," was how Steve Bruce described this dour affair but nobody at Albion really cared. A 14th draw of the season against the Geordies was enough to confirm Brighton's top flight status for a fourth consecutive season.