Match Of The Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Stockport County

The end of the football season brings out the mathematician in us all. Brighton & Hove Albion supporters spent most of yesterday morning poring over fixture lists but, behind the permutations and logarithms, there was a simple equation. Beat Stockport County, and you don’t have to do any sums. Beat Stockport County and you will stay up, regardless of results elsewhere. At lunchtime, there were four teams that could yet go down, and the fixture list had been kind to Brighton & Hove Albion. While they are at home to Stockport, recently placed into administration, Crewe Alexandra are at home against Leicester City, Northampton Town are away to Leeds United and Carlisle United are at home against Millwall. In other words, their rivals are playing three of the top four teams in the division. London Road, near Brighton town centre, is crowded as ever, but is also peppered with button-down, beer drinking likely lads. For once, a hint – albeit slight – of menace is in the air. Brighton town centre usually seems quietly oblivious to the goings on up the road at Withdean Stadium, but there is something in the air today. This match was sold out by the middle of last week, a small glimmer of the clubs potential, and there is a crackling sense of nervous energy in the air. It feels as if the reality...

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