Chris Hughton believes that Brighton & Hove Albion's promotion is a testament to how far the club has progressed over the last few years.
Brighton managed to seal their place in the Premier League on Monday and the achievement would have been a very sweet one for the fans, especially as the Seagulls had narrowly missed out on promotion during three of the last four seasons.
Manager Hughton believes that previous failures have proven to be an important learning curve for his players and is proud of the progress Brighton have made following bitter disappointments in recent times.
Hughton said: "Last season was a learning curve. We enjoyed being in that top group of teams but then we had the disappointment. But it was certainly worth what we went through last season.
"When we managed to get promotion, I think that's what most people were thinking: how far this club's come. There were periods where this wonderful place we've got now might not have been there.
"It's nothing short of what the players deserve. You can talk about money and cars but you want them to have achieved their ambitions and I'm delighted for them.
"After the celebrations, we're now back to the reality of a difficult game but the players are used to that change in emotions. We've still got something really exciting to play for and the season will be a better season if we manage to finish top."