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Withdean Stadium (ATT 5,529) 6th September 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Crossley

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe

Hooper hammers poor Seagulls

Brighton run ends

By Shaun Moseley.   Last Updated: 06/09/08 6:49pm

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Hooper: Hat-trick hero

Hooper: Hat-trick hero

Gary Hooper hit a 23 minute hat-trick as Scunthorpe thrashed Brighton.

Gary Hooper extended his tally to six goals in five League One games with a hat-trick in 23 minutes as Scunthorpe overpowered Brighton 4-1.

Hooper punished Brighton for poor defending with his treble after Martyn Woolford gave the Irons the perfect start with a fourth-minute lead on his first league start.

Substitute Jake Robinson grabbed Brighton's consolation with a far-post header 16 minutes from time as the Seagulls crashed to their first defeat of the season.

Brighton went behind for the first time this season early on as Woolford converted a low cross from Paul Hayes at point blank range.

The Seagulls' problems increased in first half stoppage time when former Southend striker Hooper struck with a fine individual effort after getting the better of defender Colin Hawkins.

Scunthorpe surged into a three goal lead on 54 minutes through Hooper who punished more slack defending to fire past keeper Michel Kuipers from close in and Hooper completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes with a low shot following more hesitation from the edge of the Brighton area.

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1 Peterborough United 5 12
2 Fleetwood Town 5 11
3 Bristol City 5 11
4 Milton Keynes Dons 5 10
5 Bradford City 5 10
6 Chesterfield 5 10
7 Preston North End 5 9
8 Barnsley 5 8
9 Swindon Town 5 8
10 Notts County 5 7
11 Doncaster Rovers 5 7
12 Sheffield United 5 7
13 Gillingham 5 7
14 Leyton Orient 5 6
15 Coventry City 5 6
16 Crawley Town 5 6
17 Oldham Athletic 5 5
18 Port Vale 5 5
19 Yeovil Town 5 5
20 Rochdale 5 4
21 Scunthorpe United 5 4
22 Walsall 5 3
23 Colchester United 5 1
24 Crewe Alexandra 5 0

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