Date: 21st February 2016 at 6:24pm
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Brighton’s Championship season continued with a defeat against Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

A heavy four-one defeat was suffered by Brighton, with the hopes of securing an automatic promotion place dealt a blow when the early kick-off (as happened against Middlesbrough) saw Albion heavily beaten at Cardiff, who themselves are now back in with a play-offs chance.

The game was effectively over inside 30-minutes with Peter Whittingham, Anthony Pilkington and Lex Immers all scoring.

David Stockdale couldn’t do much about the first from Whittingham but his error led to Pilkington getting the second soon after. When a pass deflected of defender Conor Goldson to Immers he did the rest to make it three-nil on 30-minutes.

Dale Stephens got one back early in the second half, to give Brighton some hope, but that was ended when a penalty, also conceded by Goldson, from Whittingham smacked in off the underside of the crossbar to completely end the contest.

Albion’s heavy defeat, the first time we’ve conceded four this season and the first defeat to Cardiff in 11-years, meant the chance to make ground on Hull, Middlesbrough and Burnley was lost with this perhaps proving very costly in the efforts to finish in the top two?

These were the other results.

Saturday 20th February 2016
Cardiff 4-1 Brighton
Bolton 1-1 QPR
Brentford 1-3 Derby
Burnley 2-0 Rotherham
Fulham 3-0 Charlton
Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves
MK Dons 0-2 Bristol City
Preston 1-0 Sheff Wed

What a shock result, in many ways, with Cardiff (four-one) stunning Brighton in the early kick-off to see the Bluebirds back into play-off contention whereas Albion suffered a setback to their automatic promotion hopes at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Burnley (two-one) increased the Rotherham relegation worries, whilst boosting the chances of a top two finish the Clarets are looking for with the Millers’ relegation rivals Charlton (three-nil) suffering a heavy defeat at Fulham whereas Bristol City’s (two-nil) bid to stay up took another positive step, whilst denting MK Dons’ hopes, with another win under Lee Johnson.

A much needed three-points was also collected by Derby (three-one) at Brentford with the Bees’ slump continuing as the Rams’ poor form ended to see their promotion bid given a boost talking of boosts Preston (one-nil) continued their fine form be surprising play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday at Deepdale.

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