Seagulls rule over Royals

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BRIGHTON boosted their survival hopes with a shock 2-1 win over promotion hopefuls Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Friday night.

Goals from Paul Brooker (pictured) and substitute Paul Kitson were enough to give Steve Coppell's side all three points, but they were made to sweat for the win after substitute Jamie Cureton pulled one back late on.

Brighton took the lead with almost their first attack of the game on 17 minutes with Brooker finishing from close-range after some quick thinking from Bobby Zamora set-up the chance with a quickly taken free kick after Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was penalised for lifting a backpass.

Reading laid siege to the visitors goal and Nicky Forster and Glen Little twice missed great chances to draw Reading level before half time. 

The Royals dominated the second half and had appeals for a penalty turned down after 55 minutes when Danny Cullip appeared to pull Adrian Williams back in the box.

The home side continued to push forward in their droves and Cureton came close twice within the space of a minute midway through the second half.

Brighton doubled their advanatge 14 minutes from time with Kitson heading Richard Carpenter's cross under Hahnemann and into the net with his first touch.

Cureton gave the hosts some hope with a fine strike from the edge of the box six minutes from time, but it was too little too late.

The result gives Brighton daylight at the wrong end of the table with three points separating them and third from bottom Stoke, while Reading remain in fourth spot.

Click on fixture for full match summary:
Reading 1-2 Brighton

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