Brighton move top of Championship

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Brighton's Wayne Bridge scored the opener against Sheffield Wednesday
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Brighton's Wayne Bridge scored the opener against Sheffield Wednesday

Craig Mackail-Smith scored his fifth goal in three games as Brighton moved to the top of the npower Championship table with a 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Gus Poyet's in-form side handed Sheffield Wednesday a sound beating after taking a first-half lead through Wayne Bridge's deflected free-kick.

But there was nothing fortuitous about the way they tore through their opponents at the start of the second half.

Mackail-Smith followed up consecutive braces against Barnsley and Burnley with a simple 54th minute finish following a jinking run from Spanish full-back Bruno Saltor.

Will Buckley made it three shortly afterward, with Bruno once again the architect, as Brighton secured a third consecutive win.

Dave Jones' Wednesday, who have now suffered back-to-back losses to check their impressive start.

Wednesday belatedly tested Albion goalkeeper Thomasz Kuszczak inside the last 15 minutes - the first stop displaying excellent reflexes to thwart Jay Bothroyd's close range header before Joe Mattock's stinging drive was touched to safety.

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