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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 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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