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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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