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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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