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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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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