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Withdean Stadium (ATT 7,273) 20th November 2005 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: M Fletcher

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Jobi goal enough for Palace

By Alex Livie.   Last Updated: 20/11/05 3:27pm

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Jobi McAnuff climbed off the bench to net an injury time winner for Crystal Palace at Brighton.

Palace twice came from a goal down before McAnuff netted a deflected winner in stoppage time.

Leon Knight netted a brace to twice put the struggling Seagulls in the ascendancy, but his feat was matched by Dougie Freedman and McAnuff scored late on to hand Iain Dowie's men all the points.

Brighton are scrapping for points at the foot of the table and they came out with real purpose and were rewarded when Knight put them in front on 22 minutes with a deft finish.

The advantage did not last long, as Freedman hauled The Eagles level on the half hour.

The home side fought back and were handed a chance to take the lead on 53 minutes, with Gary Borrowdale penalised for hauling back Jake Robinson in the box.

Knight stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort lacked conviction and he was fortunate to see the effort squirm under the body of Gabor Kiraly and over the line.

Freedman came to the fore once again on the hour, with the forward skipping away from Guy Butters before planting a shot into the bottom corner.

Brighton had Gary Hart sent off late on and as Palace pressed forward, the home side's defences were breached in stoppage time as McAnuff's effort from the edge of the area took a slight deflection on its past Alan Blayney.

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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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