The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

NEW sea­son, same old crazy Cham­pi­onship.

The two best sides in the open­ing few weeks of the sea­son met at Port­man Road and pro­duced a barn­storm­ing 90 min­utes which had the ex­cite­ment, con­tro­versy and ten­sion you come to ex­pect from the sec­ond tier.

For the most part, Brighton were as bright as their flu­o­res­cent yel­low shirts; deadly on the counter at­tack, tough to break down and scam­per­ing around their op­po­nents at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

Ip­swich, the league lead­ers go­ing into the game, were woe­ful in the first half.

But huge credit for that must go down to Chris Hughton whose set his side up in the mould of his good friend and op­po­site num­ber, Mick McCarthy.

In the end it was the Seag­ulls who flew away with the three points af­ter a pul­sat­ing clash in Suf­folk.

Bur don’t be sur­prised if both of these sides are still in the pro­mo­tion mix come May.

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