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Withdean Stadium (ATT 6,306) 15th March 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A D'Urso

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Latics sink Seagulls

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 15/03/05 10:15pm

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Wigan maintained their lead of the top of the Championship table with a superb 4-2 win over Brighton.

The Latics jumped on The Seagulls early, who were lacking confidence following their heavy weekend defeat to Plymouth.

Jimmy Bullard's stunning strike after two minutes put the visitors ahead with Lee McCulloch's low drive doubling their lead.

Gary Teale's low shot then made it three before Jason Roberts headed The Latics four up with just 34 minutes gone.

Adam Virgo replied almost immediately, but that was the end of the scoring in an eventful first half.

The ensuring second period looked a goal drought in comparison to the first with just the one goal.

Dean Hammond headed another one back for the home side late on, but it was too little too late to get anything out of the contest.

The win keeps Wigan ahead of Sunderland on goal difference, although manager Paul Jewell may be unhappy his side failed to hang onto their early advantage.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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