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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 Bournemouth 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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