Brighton and Hove Albion can prepare for a fourth season in the Premier League after a goalless draw against Newcastle secured their safety with one game to go.
The Seagulls were rarely threatened by the Magpies in an uneventful game at the Amex Stadium, which saw only 4 shots on target.
Brighton’s best chances came in the first half; Neil Maupay hit the post with a volley and a few minutes later found Leandro Trossard in the box, whose low effort was pushed around the post by the keeper.
Newcastle had a golden opportunity to steal the game late on, only for substitute Andy Carroll to direct what should have been a comfortable header wide of the target.
Following the draw, Brighton move up to 15th place in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone, while Newcastle remain 13th.
Commenting on the unique challenges this season has presented, Seagulls’ manager Graham Potter said: “You can talk about performances, but it’s about getting the points you need and getting over the line. We wanted to do it on our terms and get the points and not rely on anybody else.
“It wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination but I am so proud of how the players responded to the lockdown period and to how we have approached this unique situation. We’ve got the job done and we’re very proud to be in the Premier League next year.
“Two points above the relegation zone when we restarted, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool at home, if you looked at it from the outside, you’d probably think ‘Brighton are in a bit of trouble here.’
“So credit to the players, they focused on what we need to do, got the balance right in terms of getting the points and we’re delighted.
“As well as being great for the players and fans, the financial implications of staying up are massive for the club.”