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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Brighton 1-5 Stoke
Adam Rooney's hat-trick gave Stoke victory and ensured Brighton finished bottom of the Championship table.

Rooney opened the scoring by slotting home from a Dave Brammer corner, then met Josip Skoko's pass for his second.

Mamady Sidibe's drilled shot from a Rooney pass made it 3-0 and Sidibe returned the favour to allow Rooney to score his third goal from eight yards.

Substitute Peter Sweeney added a fifth before Doug Loft grabbed a late consolation for the Seagulls.


  • Brighton boss Mark McGhee:
    "It was a painful defeat and hard to bear, but it was also an irrelevance. Our season ended with the defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

    "I believe our players gave everything during the course of the season, and this was one game too much for us.

    "We gave everything to stay up. In the last two games we had to play it out."

  • Stoke boss Johan Boskamp on leaving the club:
    "I'm not sad, but disappointed to leave but football goes on and I think Stoke have a great future.

    "It's not bad to finish with a 5-1 win, and I hope our good following of fans enjoyed it. We've made progress, winning 10 games away from home.

    "I believe if the team is kept together things will develop well."


    Brighton: Henderson, Reid, Hinshelwood, Butters, Lynch, Nicolas, Carpenter, Carole, Frutos (Loft 58), Noel-Williams, Kazim-Richards.
    Subs Not Used: Chaigneau, Mayo, El-Abd, Gatting.

    Booked: Henderson.

    Goals: Loft 84.

    Stoke: Simonsen, Duberry, Hill, Mbuyi, Buxton, Brammer (Garrett 70), Russell, Skoko (Kopteff 83), Dickinson, Rooney (Sweeney 77), Sidibe.
    Subs Not Used: de Goey, Broomes.

    Goals: Rooney 6, 22, Sidibe 40, Rooney 63, Sweeney 82.

    Att: 5,859.

    Ref: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).


    Play-off semi-final dates:

    First legs
    Leeds v Preston
    (Elland Road, Friday, 5 May, 1945 BST)

    Crystal Palace v Watford
    (Selhurst Park, Saturday, 6 May, 1215 BST)


    Second legs
    Preston v Leeds
    (Deepdale, Monday, 8 May, 1945 BST)

    Watford v Crystal Palace
    (Vicarage Road, Tuesday 9 May, 1945 BST)

    Play-off dates for other divisions to be confirmed



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