Gus Poyet described Brighton's promotion to the Championship with five games remaining as "his proudest night" after the Seagulls twice battled back from going behind to beat Dagenham and Redbridge 4-3.

Poyet's first full season as Brighton manager has been memorable for his team's passing style of football, and they can clinch the title with another victory at Walsall on Saturday.

He said: "I think up to now this is my proudest night. The whole city and fans were expecting us to do it, but what we've done is bigger than what people think."

He added: "We can now clinch the title by winning at Walsall in our next game so I hope the players don't celebrate too much!"

Brighton have been top of the table for nearly seven months and Poyet felt his players were in no mood to let things slip.

He added: "Over the last one and a half months this group has made sure no one would catch us.

"We didn't play our best football but I like to pass the ball. Everything starts from the back and we are as good as our back five or six."

Dagenham boss John Still felt his side were desperately unlucky not to have gained a single point from their two matches against Brighton in the last fortnight.

He said: "We came to win and played fantastically well. We played with real purpose and unfortunately for us we didn't quite get what we deserved.

"We didn't come for a point and the key was we came to attack, and this is the way you get at Brighton."

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