Midfielder looks ahead to tonight's friendly...
Brighton visit Roots Hall tonight for a pre-season friendly, but not so long ago it was a league match.
The Seagulls were promoted to the Championship from League One in 2011 after five years in the third tier.
Six years later and they were celebrating being promoted to the Premier League in May this year.
Blues midfielder Michael Timlin says Chris Hughton’s side are a great example of what hard work can bring.
“I think in the last year it’s shown the way that we’re going with the players that we’re bringing in,” Timlin said.
“The Chairman in backing the gaffer with the calibre of players he’s bringing in.
“What has benefitted Brighton to an extent is once they got the new stadium and training ground, that’s a big factor.
“If you want to entice players at a higher level to drop down you need to have facilities that are really good.
“We’re hoping that something can happen with the new stadium because it’s been proved with Brighton that once they got the new stadium, the Chairman puts a bit more money into the club and if you work hard and there’s a good foundation, there’s no reason you can’t go up.”
“It’s a credit to them. They worked incredibly hard to achieve what they did.
“We need to apply ourselves against them which we intend to do.”