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Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom has hailed the club's support after Gus Poyet's side opened their account at the Amex Stadium with a memorable victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Will Buckley's double, after Billy Sharp's opener completed a remarkable comeback from Albion, who were staring down the barrel of a defeat in their first game at their new stadium.

And chairman Bloom, an influential figure in their move to their new digs, was thrilled with the level of support even when the team was a goal down and facing a defeat.


"We know Albion fans are amongst the best in the country, and the atmosphere they generated at the Amex yesterday was staggering," he said. "The noise which greeted the team and continued throughout the game was better than I ever imagined it could be.

"We often hear clubs referring to fans as their 12th man, but our fans genuinely gave us that extra edge on the pitch and helped us turn things around.

"I hope we can maintain the excitement and the fans can generate that kind of atmosphere for every game."

Elsewhere Craig Noone, who played a decisive role in Buckley's second on Saturday, was also impressed by the level of support.

"When you are on the wing and you look back across the pitch at the west stand it just looks amazing, it is unbelievable.

"It was brilliant playing in front of over 20,000 people who were making lots of noise. We all work very closely together at this club, the fans and players are in it together. It feels like our home already."

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