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02 May 2001

Micky Adams paid tribute to his Brighton squad after their win against Chesterfield won the Third Division Championship as absent Spireites manager Nicky Law returned from the hearing with the verdict he wanted to hear.

The Seagulls boss Adams could not contain his joy at Brighton’s title win after Danny Cullip’s 78th-minute header gave the South coast team the three points they needed.

“What a night! I cannot pay my players enough accolades," he said.

“I’ve got a smashing group of players, great staff and great supporters. How could I fail?”

At the same time, Chesterfield boss Nicky Law had just received the verdict that appears to have secured his team's promotion. The Spireites will go up in third place after a reconvened panel stood by their original recommendation that the club should be deducted nine points for financial irregularities.

Law was at the hearing in Leeds so he was not present at the game. He was on the motorway when he heard the result that secured the Derbyshire team’s passage to the Second Division as Hull City's draw at Southend ended Brian Little's hopes of automatic promotion.

Chesterfield's assistant manager Ian Banks was in charge of the team at Withdean.

He said: “I always had faith in the panel and they have justified that faith.

“They say it’s been a rollercoaster season but they have not invented a rollercoaster that could compete with this.”

Micky Adams

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