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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Norwich City

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Amex Stadium
Leandro Trossard
Leandro Trossard scored his first goal since opening his Brighton account against West Ham on 17 August

Brighton's revival under manager Graham Potter continued as they deservedly overcame struggling Norwich City at Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls were by far the more impressive side and secured their third successive home win in the Premier League with second-half goals from substitutes Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy.

Norwich, in contrast, have lost five of their last six league games since beating Manchester City at Carrow Road in September and could have no complaints here.

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They came close in the first half when Marco Stiepermann hit the bar but from then on the momentum was with Brighton and they were rewarded when Trossard steered in a neat near-post finish after 68 minutes and Duffy slid in from a free-kick six minutes from time.

Victory puts Brighton in the top 10 but leaves Norwich still struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League under manager Daniel Farke.

The German said: "You have to have a mentality like selling Hoovers - you have to knock on many doors.

"The task is like I said at the beginning - it's about climbing Mount Everest. Clubs spent money, even Sheffield United spent money - we weren't able to do it.

"It's a tough period right now."

Brighton getting Potter's message

Brighton 2-0 Norwich: 'Deserved victory' pleases Potter

Brighton received criticism in some quarters when they sacked manager Chris Hughton after he kept them in the Premier League last season - but the decision to bring in Graham Potter from Swansea City has proved wise so far.

Hughton had done an outstanding job but there perhaps comes a time when a manager's tenure comes to a natural end and a fresh voice and approach is required.

Brighton decided that was the way forward and went for Potter, who had distinguished himself at Ostersunds in Sweden before doing well in difficult circumstances in south Wales.

He has brought a patient, passing style to Brighton and his new charges have been impressive in the manner they have got up to speed.

There are odd occasions when Brighton's fans might like to see things done a little quicker but three successive home league wins against Tottenham, Everton and now Norwich have provided strong evidence that Potter's message is working and winning favour with supporters and players.

Brighton looked strong at the back and the invention of Trossard, a summer signing from Genk, gives them an extra dimension, as he did when he emerged as a second-half substitute here and turned in the crucial opening goal from Martin Montoya's cross.

They are now in eighth place and as Potter took the acclaim of Brighton's fans at the final whistle, it is clear his work is winning their seal of approval.

Norwich struggling for answers

Teemu Pukki
Having scored with six of his opening 17 attempts as a Premier League player, Norwich's Pukki has failed to score with his last 13 shots in the competition (six games)

Norwich's magnificent win over reigning champions Manchester City on a night that electrified Carrow Road in September seemed an age away as they struggled so badly here.

When they beat Manchester City 3-2 they had pace, strength and the goalscoring touch of Teemu Pukki - none of that was on show here.

This is not Pukki's fault. The talismanic Finnish striker is not even feeding on scraps currently and he is not helped when the undoubtedly talented Emiliano Buendia has the skill to work dangerous positions but is so prone to over-elaboration that the chance is often lost.

Manager Farke was determined his team would meet the Premier League challenge head-on with his all-out attacking style, but it has only brought them two wins this season and they are now characterised by the ominous combination of lack of punch up front and a propensity to concede at the back.

No wonder Farke's brow was even more furrowed than usual as he prowled the touchline at a rain-lashed Amex Stadium.

Norwich can still work their way out of this but Farke must work fast to shore up those defensive deficiencies and find a way to get Pukki, his most potent attacking weapon, into the game.

Fail and it will be a long season.

Man of the match - Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Leandro Trossard
Leandro Trossard made an impact as a substitute against Everton and again against the Canaries

'We had to be disciplined' - reaction

Brighton manager Graham Potter: "It's pleasing to get three points against a team that carry a threat.

"We had to be disciplined and we were.

"We needed patience and understanding playing against side that carries a threat."

Norwich's travel bug - the stats

  • Brighton have won back-to-back home league games against Norwich without conceding, having lost four on the bounce against the Canaries on home soil prior to this run.
  • Brighton have won three consecutive home games for only the second time in the Premier League (also in March 2018 under Chris Hughton).
  • Norwich's seven points from 11 games this season in their joint-lowest points tally at this stage of a top-flight season (also seven points after 11 games in 2004-05).
  • Norwich have lost 14 of their last 16 away games in the Premier League (W1 D1), failing to score in 13 of those matches, including each of the last five.
  • Leandro Trossard was the first Brighton player to both score and assist in a Premier League game since Pascal Gross against West Ham in February 2018.

What's next?

Norwich host Watford on Friday (20:00 GMT) and Brighton are away at Manchester United next Sunday (14:00).



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 15WebsterSubstituted forDuffyat 36'minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Burn
  • 13GroßSubstituted forTrossardat 59'minutes
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6Stephens
  • 46Alzate
  • 7Maupay
  • 44ConnollySubstituted forSchelottoat 86'minutes


  • 4Duffy
  • 11Trossard
  • 17Murray
  • 18Mooy
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 27Button


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 27TetteySubstituted forSrbenyat 84'minutes
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forCantwellat 84'minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 63minsSubstituted forDrmicat 75'minutes
  • 11Hernández
  • 22Pukki


  • 3Byram
  • 10Leitner
  • 14Cantwell
  • 20Drmic
  • 21Fährmann
  • 24Amadou
  • 32Srbeny
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Josip Drmic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ezequiel Schelotto (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Neal Maupay tries a through ball, but Ezequiel Schelotto is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ezequiel Schelotto replaces Aaron Connolly.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Norwich City 0. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Alexander Tettey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Todd Cantwell replaces Tom Trybull.

  18. Post update

    Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Max Aarons (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Leandro Trossard with a cross following a corner.


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