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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 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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