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Withdean Stadium (ATT 7,341) 26th December 2005 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: R Styles

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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R's sunk on South Coast

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 26/12/05 4:10pm

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Brighton have pulled away from the relegation zone following a 1-0 win over QPR.

The victory, just their fourth of the Championship campaign, arrived courtesy of Guy Butters' seventh-minute goal.

Things started badly for the home side when skipper Charlie Oatway was stretchered off after just five minutes following a challenge with Marcus Bean.

Just seconds later substitute Richard Carpenter played in a pin-point free kick for Butters to open the scoring.

The chances dried up at The Withdean Stadium, although Alexandre Frutos' deflected shot was well held by Jake Cole.

Brighton thought they had a penalty in the second half when Ian Evatt appeared to handle Dean Hammond's shot, but nothing was given.

Rangers made it a frantic finale with heavy pressure although Paul Furlong was unable to snatch a last-gasp point after volleying over.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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