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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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