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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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