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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2004, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Wigan 3-0 Brighton
Wigan striker Nathan Ellington
Ellington was on target twice for table-topping Wigan
Nathan Ellington's double sparked Wigan to victory over Brighton to set the pace in the Championship.

Ellington rounded off Jason Roberts' strong run by burying an effort in first-half injury time.

He took another pass from Roberts to score his second with a stunning 25-yard curling shot.

Brighton were napping when Jimmy Bullard rolled a short corner into the path of Per Frandsen to thump home the third from 25 yards out.

  • Wigan manager Paul Jewell:

    "We were average in the first half, there was no urgency in our play. But we got the goal at a fantastic time and it gave us a big lift.

    "In the second half we played some good football and created a lot of chances and I suppose it's the sign of a good team when you don't play well but you win your games.

    "Nathan Ellington has you climbing up the wall at times but he can also produce goals of quality like the two here."

  • Brighton manager Mark McGhee:

    "There were many positives in our performance.

    "We had a gameplan to frustrate Wigan and it was working until we gave the goal away on half-time.

    "Wigan are the best team I've seen all season and they have a good chance of doing well this season so to come here and perform like that must give us confidence."


    Wigan: Filan, Wright, Breckin (Thome 83), Jackson, Baines, Teale (Eaden 84), Bullard, Frandsen, McCulloch, Jason Roberts (Graham 79), Ellington.
    Subs Not Used: Walsh, Mahon.

    Booked: Baines.

    Goals: Ellington 45, 49, Frandsen 77.

    Brighton: Kuipers, Virgo, Cullip, Butters, Harding, Currie, Hinshelwood, Nicolas, Mayo (Jarrett 61), Molango (Robinson 70), Knight.
    Subs Not Used: Hart, Jones, May.

    Booked: Virgo, Nicolas.

    Att: 8,681.

    Ref: M Jones (Cheshire).





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