Brighton celebrate a goal at Arsenal. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
It was not enough to keep manager Chris Hughton in his job and he was sacked on Monday. Here's how we rated each Albion player for their 2018/19 campaign.
A tougher second season for the shot-stopper but he made some superb saves when called upon. Crucially saved a penalty in the FA Cup quarter-final shoot-out success at Millwall.
Popular captain retired after the final game of the season and never let Albion down. Made just 14 league appearances but was as reliable as ever.
Steady performer at right-back but Albion fans will feel they still haven't seen the best of the Spaniard yet.
Nigerian international found opportunities limited. A stunning half-volley with his first touch against Crystal Palace was his highlight.
Players' player of the year earned his first England cap in November. Like Duffy, he loves defending and is equally comfortable putting his body on the line blocking shots as he is taking the ball out of defence.
Albion's player of the season helped the club keep seven clean sheets and also chipped in with five goals. Loves defending and put his head where it hurts on numerous occasions.
Brazilian had a nightmare debut at Watford but recovered to produce some assured performances throughout the rest of the season. Still more to come.
Always consistent at left-back and, like Bruno, never lets Albion down.
Energetic winger provided six assists and scored two goals in the Premier League, including a stunning winner at arch rivals Crystal Palace. Red card against Bournemouth was a low point.
Club record signing had a difficult season owing to form and injuries. The winger failed to register a goal or assist and he'll be looking to produce a better second campaign.
Albion's Mr Marmite in the middle of the park does work that goes unnoticed. The midfielder plays a crucial role in keeping Albion in possession throughout games.
Frustrating season for the Israeli who performed well when he played but didn't get as many chances as he would have liked.
The Dutchman had moments of brilliance but was also anonymous in other matches. A return of just one goal and one assist was disappointing.
Plenty of potential but still a raw talent. Should be more to come next season.
Influential and player-of-the-year last season, Gross was not as effective in an injury-hit campaign. Still provided three assists and scored three goals.
Struggled with injury throughout the season and did not hit his heights of last year.
The winger improved his consistency and opposition players always talk about his threat. Provided five assists but knows he needs to score more than the one league goal he managed.
The Dutch forward netted only two league goals. Has not established himself as a regular starter since joining 18 months ago.
The striker again scored some crucial goals, especially in the first half of the season, as he finished with 15 goals in all competitions. Led the line well throughout.
Another summer signing who you feel will show more in his second season. Injury-hit start before scoring a superb goal against Crystal Palace.
Played four league matches when Mathew Ryan was at the Asian Cup, keeping one clean sheet.