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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 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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