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This quote from three weeks ago has come back to haunt Brighton manager Chris Hughton in a big way

The Brighton boss claimed his side would win the Championship while Spurs would win the Premier League

We’re still not sure how Brighton managed to not win the league.

Three weeks ago Chris Hughton’s side were top of the Championship, seven points ahead of Newcastle, with three games to play.

Those fixtures included a home game against bottom-half dwellers Bristol City and trips to Norwich and Aston Villa.

Just three points from a possible nine guaranteed they would be promoted as champions.

This man is currently stewing in regret

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This man is currently stewing in regret

However, the hangover from securing promotion proved to be a persistent one as the Gulls lost to Norwich and Bristol City before drawing on the final day to Villa.

This gave Newcastle the chance to snatch the title, something they did via a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Barnsley.

It didn’t take long for fans to remember something Hughton said when Brighton looked certain to win the league.

Three weeks ago he said: “I’m just hoping our first game is here at the Amex, preferably against Tottenham, that will be the winners of the Championship against the winners of the Premier League.”

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Oh Chris, you really shouldn’t have said that.

You can watch the clip here if the cruel sadist in you wants to revel in his doomed smugness…

Spurs, Hughton’s former club, failed to keep the pressure on Chelsea by losing 1-0 to West Ham on Friday night, all but ending their hopes of a debut Premier League crown.

When Brighton and Spurs meet next season, rather than champions v champions, it will inevitably be known as the battle of the bottlejobs.