Brighton & Hove Albion have secured a place in European football for the first time in the club’s history thanks to a convincing 3-1 success over already-relegated Southampton in the Premier League.
The Seagulls were back to their exciting best following a difficult night in the North East against top-four hopefuls Newcastle United on Thursday, with a collection of the hosts’ star players returning to the XI.
Evan Ferguson was one of the incomings to the Brighton side, and the 18-year-old bagged a first-half brace to put Roberto De Zerbi‘s men into a deserved two-goal lead at the interval.
A largely lacklustre Saints side rallied slightly at the start of the second period and managed to pull a goal back courtesy of Mohamed Elyounoussi‘s header, but Brighton quickly squashed any fears of a comeback with Pascal Gross scoring the hosts’ third of the afternoon.
Today’s loss for Southampton confirms they will finish bottom of the Premier League standings in a season in which a high managerial turnover and drop in standards has cost them so dearly.