Crucial Boxing day fixtures

After defeat to Sunderland at St Mary's, Saints boss Nigel Adkins but described the team's performance as 'uncharacteristically flat'.

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Brighton & Hove Albion beat Burnley

Albion, after losing their opening three league and cup games, followed up a 1-0 win at Birmingham in convincing style to leave Garcia full of praise for the supporters for sticking by the team.

The Spaniard said: "I am very happy to get my first win at home and to get it in front of our fans makes it even better.

"We wanted the win today and I know that the fans are happy. Looking back at the start we made, it was difficult because we couldn't practice many days."

Burnley were forced to play the final 33 minutes with 10 men after keeper Tom Heaton was sent off for handling the ball twice inside the area in the process of releasing it under pressure from Ulloa.

Fans celebrate promotion for AFC Bournemouth

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Cheers for fans of the Cherries who have been promoted Credit: ITV Meridian

Fans will celebrate long into the night after the club sealed a place in football's second tier for the first time since 1987.

Fans go wild
Fans celebrate AFC Bournemouth's promotion Credit: ITV Meridian

The Cherries have won six consecutive games and now hope victory at Tranmere next weekend will see them crowned champions

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Brighton & Hove Albion thrash Huddersfield

The Seagulls were in danger of slipping out of the top six after Ulloa's opener was cancelled out by James Vaughan.

But the Argentinian striker struck twice more in the space of three second-half minutes before David Lopez wrapped up** **Brighton's third straight win from the penalty spot.

Gus Poyet's side looked destined for the play-offs last season only to slip away during the run-in, but this term they look like they mean business.

The hosts dominated the opening stages but only had Ulloa's 20th-minute goal to show for it.

The hosts dominated the opening stages but only had Ulloa's 20th-minute goal to show for it.

The breakthrough came from another Lopez corner which was volleyed towards goal from the edge of the area by Buckley.

Poyet wants Seagulls to kick on

Poyet said: "This was a proper game in this division and, with none of the top 12 winning, we hope it's a turning point in terms of victories.

"I want us to be there at the beginning of April and it's totally up to us. It was important today and the players fought for it.

Poyet had no doubt that former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak played a vital role in only his team's third win in the last 11 league outings by producing two superb second-half saves.

The Uruguayan added: "Tomasz had the chance to show what he is all about and you need that kind of reaction. He produced two very good saves and the clean sheet was all-important."

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