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Withdean Stadium (ATT 6,848) 8th May 2005 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: M Jones

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Seagulls stay up

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 08/05/05 2:59pm

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Ipswich Town have been forced to settle for a place in the play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Brighton who have now secured their Championship status.

The East Anglian side have been jostling for an automatic place all season, but have been beaten at the post by Wigan Athletic.

The visitors wanted to exert pressure on rivals The Latics in the opening exchanges and it took just four minutes before Shefki Kuqi drilled the ball past Alan Blayney.

Brighton were not behind for long and levelled shortly after when Kelvin Davis parried Gary Hart's superb header only for Adam Virgo to half-volley the ball home.

Ipswich wanted a penalty when Charlie Oatway fouled Darren Bent, but referee Mike Jones deemed Kuqi's blocked shot as the advantage and did not give the spot kick.

Bent was close to retaking the lead for Ipswich after half time, but his well-struck shot was beaten out for a corner by Blayney.

With Ipswich looking for that all-important winner Brighton found space to run into and substitute Dean Hammond forced Davis into a fine save from the edge of the box.

In the end Ipswich were forced to settle for a place in the dreaded play-offs, although the point for Brighton was enough to send Gillingham down.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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