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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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