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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 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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