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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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