How the Irish fared: Hughton joy as Brighton close on Newcastle

Chris Hughton was a proud man after Brighton made the most of an unexpected slip-up to close to within two points of the Championship leaders.

The Magpies slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat at home to Blackburn but Brighton were in danger of missing a golden opportunity to eat into their lead as they trailed Fulham at half-time.

However Hughton’s side scored twice to secure a 2-1 win and valuable three points.

“It was a big win for us, particularly as it was not one of our better performances,” Hughton said.

“They were better than us in the first half because we gave them too much room. But it shows the character of the team that, despite not being at our best, we were able to fight our way back, and that is what you need when you are up there challenging.

“It was an important win because it was unexpected for Newcastle to lose. I still feel that the team closest to Newcastle at the end of the season will have a really good chance of going up.”

It was also a good day for Mick McCarthy as Ipswich beat QPR 3-0 to move six points clear of the drop zone and to within five of a play-off spot.

In League One, a Shaun Williams penalty sparked a recovery that was completed when substitute Aiden O’Brien scored deep into stoppage-time to give Millwall a 3-2 win at Bury.

Elsewhere, Jay O’Shea scored twice as Chesterfield beat Bristol Rovers 3-2, an Anton Rodgers free-kick gave Swindon a 1-0 win over Bradford City, Mark Byrne netted in Gillingham’s 3-0 victory over Rochdale while Cian Bolger was on the mark in Fleetwood’s 2-2 draw at Wimbledon.

In League Two, Owen Garvan was among the scorers as Colchester hammered Crewe 4-0, James Collins netted in Crawley’s 3-2 win over Crewe while Patrick Hoban was on target in a losing cause as Mansfield Town lost 5-2 at Carlisle.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Superb City’s mix of spirit and skill

Wenger: My home is a medal-free zone

Delaney: Debt-free by 2020 ‘within FAI’s compass’

Hazard offers glimpse of Blues post-Terry


Breaking Stories

Messi provides master class as Barcelona lift Copa del Rey

Chelsea forgot to wear black armbands in first half of FA Cup final but fixed their mistake at half-time

Five things we learned from Arsenal's Cup final win over Chelsea

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores winner for Borussia Dortmund in DFB-Pokal final

Lifestyle

All you could wish to see at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Darina Allen: A sample of some of the exquisite food cooked during Litfest

Review: James Vincent McMorrow - True Care is a sublime, abstracted gift that keeps on giving'

Style evolution: Four new festival fashion looks

More From The Irish Examiner