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Coventry Coventry City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

Staunton winner lifts Coventry

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/04/05 6:45pm

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Steve Staunton's late winner gave Coventry a vital 2-1 win over Brighton which lifts them out of the Championship relegation zone.

The veteran defender scored with a long range strike just six minutes from time after Adam Virgo had looked to have given Brighton a point when he cancelled out Gary McSheffrey's penalty.

Virgo had almost given Brighton an early lead when he fired an in-direct free-kick into the side-netting after Luke Steele had picked up a Richard Duffy backpass.

McSheffrey then got free on the edge of the Albion penalty area but could only lift his shot over the advancing keeper Alan Blayney and clear of the crossbar.

Mark McCammon had a headed goal disallowed for offside as Mark McGhee's side finished the first half in the ascendancy, but they found themselves a goal down just two minutes after the restart.

Referee Mark Cowburn ruled that Guy Butters had handled from Stephen Hughes's corner, and McSheffrey made no mistake from the spot.

The lead lasted only two minutes, however, as Brighton equalised when Virgo finished well from Gary Hart's low cross.

Blayney saved well from substitute Dele Adebola to keep the Seagulls on level terms, but there was nothing he could do to prevent Staunton's winner, which crashed in off his right-hand post.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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