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Summary

  1. Kike, Adomah & Stuani score with headers
  2. Leaders Boro three points clear
  3. Brighton's unbeaten league start ended

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Sunday's action

Three Championship games, O'Driscoll makes Walsall bow

Sean O'Driscoll
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That's all from the Amex this lunchtime, but have no fear, we've got more Football League action on BBC Sport on Sunday from 11:45 GMT.

Sean O'Driscoll takes charge of Walsall for the first time as the Saddlers host Port Vale in League One (12:00 GMT).

Once that game finishes, our live text commentary will focus on the day's three Championship fixtures...

  • Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves (14:00 GMT)
  • Leeds v Preston (15:00 GMT)
  • Reading v Blackburn (15:00 GMT)

FT: Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Happy scenes among the Boro fans as their side show their appreciation after that performance.

You can read how they went three points clear in Phil Cartwright's match report here.

FT: Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Brighton's unbeaten run finally goes. Middlesbrough go three points clear at the top ahead of this afternoon's other games.

FT: Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Jason Roberts

Ex-West Brom striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Aitor Karanka hasn't shouted and screamed, he's been calm throughout and you can be when you've got a team that's only conceded 12 goals in the league. Chris Hughton will be disappointed with the way Brighton have gone about this game, but they need to maintain their focus because this is a team that could come very close to promotion.

FULL-TIME

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

And that is that at the Amex.

A superb display from Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough
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Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Christian Stuani gets one last effort in on goal for Middlesbrough from distance and David Stockdale is down to his right to save it.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Three minutes added on at the end of the 90.

The punishment is almost over for Brighton....

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

More joy on the faces of the travelling supporters, including a guy dressed as a donkey.

No sign of Joseph and Mary though...

Into the last minute.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Some despondent looking faces in the crowd among the Brighton fans. Made all the more exaggerated by them wearing seasonal outfits.

They've been given a bit of a lesson here today by Middlesbrough.

The Boro fans, meanwhile, have an enjoyable 315-mile trip home.

Middlesbrough
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Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho will no doubt be thrilled for his old friend Aitor Karanka in this one.

The Special One's seen enough and is off out the ground to beat the queues on the A27.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Last change for Boro as Adam Clayton gets a rousing round of applause from the visiting supporters and Manchester City loanee Bruno Zuculini comes on.

Jimmy Hill dies aged 87

Tributes are being left at the Jimmy Hill statue outside the Ricoh Arena

Tributes are being left at the Jimmy Hill statue outside the Ricoh Arena

More tributes and memories can be found here.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

More than 26,000 at the Amex watching this one according to the attendance just announced.

The majority are going to see Brighton lose a league game for the first time this season.

Around about 1,300 have made the long trip down from Teeside for an early Christmas present.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Albert Adomah fells Rajiv van La Parra on the right as Brighton look for some magic.

Free-kick is poor though and once more Boro can deal with the threat.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Half sight of goal for Bobby Zamora as he meets a cross from the right.

But, his header has little power on goal and Middlesbrough clear with ease.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Double change for Brighton as midfielder Andrew Crofts comes on for Jamie Murphy and Tomer Hemed makes way for Bobby Zamora.

Middlesbrough switch Emilio Nsue for Tomas Kalas.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Coming up to nine hours since Middlesbrough last conceded a goal.

Brighton still not looking like the team who will break that.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Jason's not wrong there. Boro have dominated this one, right from the kick-off.

The defensive record speaks for itself really. Aitor Karanka's side heading for a fifth win in six games.

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Jason Roberts

Ex-West Brom striker on BBC Radio 5 live

It's an excellent performance from Middlesbrough - one of the best Championship performances I've seen for a long time.

Daniel Ayala
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Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

They say silence is golden, but not in this case around the Amex where you can almost hear a pin drop now among the home fans.

A pocket of Boro fans pierce the silence as they are bouncing and heading to the Championship summit at Christmas.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Boro make a first change and it's their first goalscorer Kike being replaced by Diego Fabbrini.

GOAL (Stuani)

Brighton 0-3 Middlesbrough

Cristhian Stuani
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But it doesn't stay 2-0 for long....

Corner isn't cleared by Brighton and Kike floats a ball across to the back post where Cristhian Stuani nods it in ahead of his defensive partner Daniel Ayala.

Surely that's it for Brighton's long unbeaten record?

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

More superb goalkeeping from David Stockdale keeps it at 2-0 to Boro.

Adam Clayton hits a dipping right-foot volley from 30 yards out after the corner breaks to him.

Tipped behind for another.

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Expert summariser Neil Maddison: "Boro are a stubborn side. It's important we keep this clean sheet".

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Change for the hosts as Connor Goldson replaces Uwe Huenemeier.

The central defender going off with a knock.

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Tomer Hemed's first real sniff of a shot on goal goes well wide.

But the ball comes back to Jamie Murphy for Brighton on his right, 12 yards out and Dimi Konstantopoulos is there to tip it over the bar. 

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Shots on the television of Bobby Zamora on the Brighton bench. In a hat believe it or not despite the mild temperatures.

Think that could well be the Plan B Brighton need to go for.

Jimmy Hill dies aged 87

More tributes to and memories of Jimmy Hill, who has died at the age of 87, can be found here.

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Some very sad news indeed about Jimmy Hill. A true giant of the game both on and off the field.

Back at the Amex, Middlesbrough continue to keep Brighton at bay in this one.

Chris Hughton's side seeing more of the ball since the interval, but still nothing substantial in chances.

BreakingJimmy Hill dies aged 87

Jimmy Hill
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Some sad football news to bring you. Jimmy Hill, one of English football's most influential figures, has died aged 87.

As chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers.

The former Match of the Day presenter made more than 600 appearances on the programme.

His other numerous roles in football included player, manager, chairman and analyst.

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Daniel Ayala goes close for Middlesbrough as he meets a half-volley on the right foot from a corner.

Great save from David Stockdale to palm it away.

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Just to remind you Guus Hiddink's predecessor Jose Mourinho is watching this one....

Some early encouragement for Brighton as they see a bit more of the ball.

James Wilson makes a surging run into the area before Ben Gibson gets it clear.

BreakingChelsea appoint Hiddink

Dutchman gets contract to end of season

.@ChelseaFC can confirm Guus Hiddink has been appointed first-team manager until the end of the season. che.lc/zBESEl

KICK-OFF

Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Teams back out on the pitch at the Amex.

Brighton need a huge 45 minutes here to get back into it....

HT: Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

A few television replays at the break might suggest that Brighton's Inigo Calderon got the last touch on that Middlesbrough second goal.

Albert Adomah's the man who's claimed it though.

Saturday's fixtures

A win or a draw here for Middlesbrough will send them top tonight.

Here are the rest of today's Championship games, which all begin at 15:00 GMT...

Saturday fixtures
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Blues end wait for home win

Friday: Birmingham 1-0 Cardiff

Friday's only Championship game saw Birmingham beat Cardiff 1-0 with a controversial penalty.

Matthew Connolly had a handball decision given against him, despite television replays appearing to show the ball hitting him in the face rather than on his arm.

Paul Caddis showed no compassion and tucked away what proved to be the winner from 12 yards.

Blues are up to seventh in the table after winning at home for the first time in two months.

Paul Caddis
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HT: Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

Smashing stuff so far from Boro.

Before the second half, a quick reminder of what else has been happening in the Championship and what's still to come...

HT: Brighton 0-2 Middlesbrough

"Karanka should be delighted with the way his players have played" says expert summariser Neil Maddison

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@BBCSport #bbcfootball Be very interesting what Mourinho could do with a team like Brighton.

@BBCSport Defensive masterclass from Boro. Brighton will be pleased they are just 1 down and still in it for the 2nd half #bbcfootball