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Withdean Stadium


Attendance: 7,999


Saints made their first and probably last visit to the Championship's most dilapidated stadium on Saturday, as they faced south coast neighbours Brighton in front of a record crowd at The Withdean.

The heavily sanded pitch and unusual surroundings didn't prove to be as troublesome as could be expected, as Saints dominated the match from the start.

Brighton could not contain Saints excellent passing game as Burley's team played their way out of the relegation battle.

Saints had plenty of chances to take the lead early on, firstly from Belmadi, who should have scored after Henderson had spilt a Ricardo Fuller shot.

Saints width was stretching Brighton's defence and Darren Powell, Gregorsz Rasiak and Claus Lundekvam all came close with headers.

The breakthrough finally came on 37 minutes, when Ricardo Fuller pounced on another spilt shot from Henderson to score his third goal in two games.

In the second half Brighton began to launch more desperate balls forward, as they searched for the goal they required to keep their slim survival chances alive.

With just over an hour gone Saints killed off any chance of a Brighton comeback, and possibly ended their stay in England's second tier, when Belmadi broke down the right and cut it back for Richard Chaplow to finish in the bottom left corner.

The result leaves Brighton rock bottom and Saints virtually safe; were now looking to avoid our worst finish in the league since 1960.

Even if Saints don't pick up another point this season Crewe can now only equal Saints points total but have a far inferior goal difference.

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Richard Chaplow

Writer:Stef C
Date:Monday April 10 2006
Time: 2:36PM


Starting to look safe at last well done, might be playing pompey next season after all
10/04/2006 15:08:00
yes because brighton are such a quality side to beat lol im sorrry nut if that is like a good win for us im afraid for the future of this club
10/04/2006 19:38:00
You really are the most pessamistic negative saints fan there is arent you we8burley. just go support man united or something. Even when we win your not happy, even your name is a dig at our manager...your a total whinger.
11/04/2006 02:28:00
excuse me i support my local team so you can get lost who dare you i am entitled to my views of our manager. even harry redknapp had done a better job and as for pessamistic its called reality m8 and don;t forget it. and why would i support man u there a bunch of arses lol my view of a win is that yeh sure im happy we won but not to get to happy over it we are still in a fight for the best position we can get!!
12/04/2006 23:35:00
lol, wot away to rite. r u berlee in dis guys?
18/04/2006 23:11:00
burley has turned other clubs around, he has done really well up untill he took over at saints, he`ll get there eventually!
25/04/2006 12:36:00
Do you really believe that vertigo, or are you just looking for something to say? Burley won't get anywhere with scumhampton, vcos its only a seat warmer until Sir clive gets his way.
26/04/2006 02:09:00
" vertigo tals rubbish- he posts for the sake of it- check every site he has post after post-lol"
30/04/2006 18:21:00
hmmm that sounds familiar doesnt it millers! burley would do well here!
30/04/2006 22:26:00
your season ended well but it wasnt good by your standards. I thought you would bounce straight back
01/05/2006 05:27:00
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