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Ninian Park (ATT 9,595) 22nd November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Mason

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

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Brighton secure valuable point

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 22/11/05 5:08pm

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Struggling Brighton earned a valuable point away at Cardiff courtesy of a brilliant strike from substitute Colin Kazim-Richards.

Cardiff started the brighter, and Jason Koumas twice went close in the opening stages, but was denied first by keeper Alan Blayney and then by the post.

The Seagulls responded strongly though, and Leon Knight smashed a shot against the crossbar.

The game stretched from end to end, the only surprise being that it remained goalless until just before the hour mark, when Alan Lee opened the scoring for the home side.

Wales international Koumas controlled Joe Ledley's pass and raced forward, before playing the ball across goal for the dangerous Lee to slide in and apply the finishing touch (56).

The Bluebirds started to take full control, and Cameron Jerome nearly doubled their advantage with a fierce effort from distance.

They were to be stunned by a sensational equaliser though, as 19-year-old Kazim-Richards, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, unleashed an unstoppable drive into the corner from 35 yards (76).

Cardiff pressed hard for a winner, but Brighton held on for a much-needed 1-1 draw.

 

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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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