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Britannia Stadium (ATT 15,274) 5th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Stoke Stoke City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

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Stoke sink sorry Seagulls

By Lewis Rutledge.   Last Updated: 05/11/05 6:20pm

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Sambegou Bangoura grabbed a brace as Stoke cruised to a 3-0 victory over Brighton.

The visitors were the better side in a scrappy opening devoid of any clear chances, before The Potters gradually began to seize control of the game.

Bangoura produced a cool finish after being played through the centre by Paul Gallagher to put Stoke in front (35).

The hosts looked even better after the introduction of Luke Chadwick at half time, and the inevitable second arrived soon after.

Gallagher had already struck the crossbar when they doubled their advantage, Darel Russell reacting first after Brighton keeper Alan Blayney saved Mamady Sidibe's header, and slotting home a simple chance (68).

The Seagulls were rattled and Stoke capitalised just seven minutes later, Bangoura climbing highest to nod home John Hall's cross.

Chadwick could have added a fourth but they will be more than happy with the result, which lifts them into the top half of the table.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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