Brighton pull level with rivals at top
Brighton drew level on points with Championship leaders Burnley and Middlesbrough after beating Charlton Athletic 3-1.
Goals from Sam Baldock, Jiri Skalak and Tomer Hemed extended Brighton’s unbeaten run to 12 games and ensured the Championship’s top three all finished the weekend on 87 points.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson provided Charlton’s consolation in a game halted several times by protests from the club’s fans against the owner Roland Duchâtelet.
Hundreds of black and white beach balls and balloons were thrown on to the pitch as an expression of displeasure against Duchâtelet, who, after buying the club in 2014, has now overseen relegation to League One.
Delays occurred at the beginning of both halves, while an on-pitch flare resulted in another stoppage in the 89th minute.
A pre-match anti-Duchâtelet march was also staged, with an estimated 500 fans lining the streets en route to the Valley.
“This is not the first time we have faced this situation,” said the Charlton manager José Riga. “We had the same game against Middlesbrough. We had to be very ready, we were not.”
Burnley had reached the summit with a 1-0 win at Preston
North End on Friday. Meanwhile, MK Dons’ relegation to League One, after a single season in the Championship, was confirmed after they lost 4-1 to Brentford. Despite taking the lead through Nicky Maynard, goals from Sergi Canós, Lasse Vibe, Ryan Woods and Jake Bidwell condemned MK Dons to their 23rd defeat of the season.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said: “We’ve not been good enough all year. There will be a lot of talking going on in the next seven days for obvious reasons, but certain people will not be here next season.”