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Boleyn Ground (ATT 29,514) 13th November 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Armstrong

West Ham West Ham United vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

Butters goal stuns Hammers

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 13/11/04 6:30pm

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Brighton staged yet another smash and grab raid to stun West Ham as Guy Butters' goal gave them a 1-0 win at Upton Park.

Mark McGhee's side have now won six matches since their promotion to the Championship, all of them by the only goal of the game.

The visitors had to survive wave upon wave of attacks from West Ham and grabbed their shock winner mid-way through the second half when Butters headed in Richard Carpenter's deep free-kick.

Tempers then flared as West Ham tried to get back into the game and both teams had a man sent off after a confrontation between Hayden Mullins and Adam Virgo.

Alan Pardew's men had gone nine home matches since their last defeat to Wigan and they began in positive fashion, with Marlon Harewood lashing a shot against the outside of a post.

Harewood then shot wide under pressure from Danny Cullip having been played in by Matt Etherington, before Don Hutchison and Luke Chadwick both missed the target.

Hutchison then headed just wide after Calum Davenport had helped the ball back across the face of goal and Michel Kuipers later did well to keep out a low Etherington shot.

Butters' goal came completely against the run of play, but for all their domination the Hammers were unable to force their way back into the game, despite Harewood, Nigel Reo-Coker and Sergei Rebrov all going close.

 

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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