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Ricoh Arena (ATT 18,606) 2nd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Cowburn

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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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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