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

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