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Amex Stadium (ATT 26,993) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Brighton 0

A Crofts (S/O 50)

ft

Sheff Wed 1

G Coke (41)

Championship: Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton 1-0 at the Amex Stadium

Last Updated: 12/08/14 2:53pm

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Giles Coke: Netted for Sheffield Wednesday

Giles Coke: Netted for Sheffield Wednesday

Giles Coke's stunning strike earned Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over Brighton in their Championship opener at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

His 25-yard shot ensured a 1-0 victory which was made even tougher for the home side who were forced to play the final 40 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of midfielder Andrew Crofts.

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia gave debuts to keeper David Stockdale, veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and strikers Chris O'Grady and Shamir Fenelon.

O'Grady, captured from Barnsley for £500,000, quickly made his presence felt and put a left-foot shot on the turn wide in the 12th minute.

The Owls defence was put under pressure when O'Grady later burst through and debutant keeper Keiran Westwood came to the visitors' rescue by diving to smoother a goal-bound left-footed strike from winger Kazenga LuaLua.

LuaLua, hoping to put a history of injury problems behind him, tried his luck from long range before O'Grady was crowded out following a through ball from Jake Forster-Caskey.

Fenelon, who made his League debut while on loan at Torquay last season, forced Westwood to save low down when he got a shot away on the half hour.

O'Grady headed over from a corner by Forster-Caskey before midfielder Coke struck to give Wednesday the lead against the run of play four minutes before the interval.

Brighton paid the penalty for not closing down Coke tightly enough as he rifled home a left-foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

LuaLua dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area, as the Seagulls failed to respond before the break

Striker Chris Maguire failed to make the most of a sharp chance for Wednesday in front of their 2,500 travelling fans when he fired over after an accurate cross by Joe Mattock.

The Seagulls were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of midfielder Andrew Crofts on 50 minutes.

The Welshman received a straight red card from referee James Linington for a high tackle on defender Sam Hutchinson.

Brighton had a let off when Jacques Maghoma got clean away down the flank but crossed wastefully with the Seagulls defence at full stretch.

The Seagulls should have pulled level when skipper Gordon Greer set up O'Grady just inside the area, the former Barnsley marksman went for placement rather than power and keeper Westwood pushed his shot round the post.

Wednesday threatened to extend their advantage when Kieran Lee burst into the area and his flighted ball just eluded the diving Coke.

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Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 44 84
2 Bournemouth 43 83
3 Watford 43 82
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 43 75
6 Ipswich Town 43 74
7 Brentford 43 71
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 71
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
10 Nottingham Forest 43 58
11 Sheffield Wednesday 43 58
12 Charlton Athletic 43 57
13 Cardiff City 43 55
14 Birmingham City 42 54
15 Leeds United 43 52
16 Huddersfield Town 43 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 43 50
18 Reading 42 47
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 46
20 Fulham 43 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 42 39
23 Wigan Athletic 43 36
24 Blackpool 43 25

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