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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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