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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 18,546) 10th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Taylor

Reading Reading vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

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Royals thrash Seagulls

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 10/12/05 7:00pm

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Reading remain four points clear at the top of the Championship table after their 5-1 demolition of struggling Brighton & Hove Albion.

A Dave Kitson hat-trick sent The Royals on their way to their seventh straight win, as Brighton had Gary Elphick sent off just after the break for two bookable offences.

Seagulls boss Mark McGhee played a very defensive formation at The Madejski Stadium, but it did little to stop Reading from running out comfortable winners.

The Royals were gifted the lead on 27 minutes when Brighton captain Charlie Oatway turned Glen Little's byline cross into his own net for a 1-0 half-time lead.

Brighton were then reduced to ten men when Elphick was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Kitson.

Kitson then scored his first goal when he converted a penalty on 51 minutes after Gary Hart had fouled him in the Brighton box.

He then scored his second with a header from Nicky Shorey's deflected shot before Stephen Hunt made it four when he turned home Shorey's cross.

Brighton got a stunning consolation after Colin Kazim-Richards struck home a 30-yard effort, but Kitson made sure of his second half hat-trick with a third goal in injury time for an emphatic 5-1 result.

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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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