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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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6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
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11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
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17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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