Friday night saw two huge games in the Championship take place and two southern rivals were able to progress in the early Championship table.

Brighton and Hove Albion emphatically beat much fancied Sheffield Wednesday by three goals to nil at the Amex Stadium with the Seagulls’ rivals beating their own London counterparts, Charlton, in a scrappy game live on Sky Sports.

Brighton continued their fine early season form and currently top the Championship table after their commanding 3-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday that may draw attention to Gus Poyet’s side and their genuine promotion ambitions.

A first half deflected Wayne Bridge free kick and a neat Will Buckley finish sandwiched a fifth goal in three games for Albion hitman Craig Mackail-Smith, for whom Brighton rejected a deadline day bid from Norwich for.

With rivals Brighton topping the table Palace could have done with a victory in their own derby game with Charlton and that is exactly what they got. A dominant Palace side outclassed their south east London rivals with Wilfried Zaha and goalscorer Kagisho Dikgacoi simply having too much ability for their rivals to cope with in a 1-0 away win.

An early second half strike by Dikgacoi was enough to split the teams despite a first half goal being unfairly ruled offside for the hosts.


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