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Seagulls soar to title

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Brighton secured the npower League One title as they maintained their all-conquering form with a 3-1 win at struggling Walsall.

The Seagulls had already guaranteed promotion to the Championship earlier this week and got off to a fine start when Inigo Calderon put them ahead in the sixth minute with a header.

The hosts levelled five minutes later, Andy Butler heading home Matthew Richards' corner, but the Saddlers were again behind shortly after the break through Glenn Murray's close-range header. Emanuel Ledesma earned a red card for a professional foul on Adam El-Abd with 11 minutes left before Elliott Bennett added a third in the 90th minute.

A late goal by Guly Do Prado saw Southampton claim a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers and remain in the automatic promotion places.

Southampton started the game in second, courtesy of a superior goal difference to Huddersfield, while Rovers were in the fourth relegation place. The game was heading for a draw until the 82nd minute when Guly slotted home.

Joey Gudjonsson scored with seven minutes to go as Huddersfield won 1-0 at Charlton. Gudjonsson sent a right-footed shot high into the top right-hand corner of the goal as the Terriers claimed all three points.

Peterborough kept up the heat with a 2-1 over Plymouth.

It was the Pilgrims, who appear all but relegated, who took the lead seven minutes before half-time through Carl Fletcher who slotted home Simon Walton's free-kick.

The Posh levelled when Ryan Bennett swept home into the top left-hand corner of the goal 10 minutes after the break and Craig Mackail-Smith bundled home with 20 minutes left.

However, Luke Summerfield missed a penalty in the final minute for the visitors, Joe Lewis saving the shot.

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Elliott Bennett
Joe Lewis
Simon Walton
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Craig Mackail-Smith
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Plymouth Argyle
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Brighton & Hove Albion
Glenn Murray
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