Hughton's men rise to top
Chris Hughton said Brighton were determined to go one step further than last season after they extended their unbeaten run to 17 games by crushing Queens Park Rangers to go top of the Championship.
Having missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League only on goal difference in May, Brighton fans will be daring to dream of the promised land once again after they took advantage of Newcastle's St Stephen's Day defeat.
"We're delighted with what we've done but I think we all know that the second half of the season certainly won't be any easier," said Hughton, the former Ireland international.
"We recruited well in the summer, but, also, you've got players now who have been here for a longer period of time. There's a determination to get promoted."
The result never looked in doubt once Sam Baldock had collected a pass from Dale Stephens and scored a brilliant goal into the top right-hand corner after 11 minutes. Rangers rallied a little and were only prevented from equalising by David Stockdale's brilliant save from Massimo Luongo's strike.
But their form under Ian Holloway is wretched and they have scored just once in their past six games. That did not look likely to change against a side who have conceded only 14 times all season, though Idrissa Sylla wasted two good first-half openings.
It was a miserable day all round for Holloway, who was subjected to chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" by the jubilant home support. (© Daily Telegraph, London)