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Norwich City 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Leandro Trossard hits winner at Carrow Road

Leandro Trossard scored his first goal since netting against Aston Villa on 18 January
Leandro Trossard scored his first goal since netting against Aston Villa on 18 January

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says it is "unrealistic" to talk about avoiding relegation from the Premier League after Saturday's home defeat by Brighton.

The Canaries players appeared devastated at full time as the significance of the result struck home - with Todd Cantwell remaining on the pitch for 10 minutes after the final whistle

While Leandro Trossard's winner means the Seagulls are now well-placed to see in a fourth straight season in the top flight, Norwich are seven points from safety with five games remaining.

"It was more or less our last chance to get back in the mix and we are disappointed," Farke said.

"It was more like the performance we ask for. The story of our game was the story of our season, we didn't find the cutting edge and we then make a big mistake.

"After a few losses, we don't have the right to make any fighting messages or to make any unrealistic claims. We are not naive, lets show our pride."

Farke dropped Teemu Pukki and Cantwell - his two leading scorers - but the move backfired as the Premier League's bottom club mustered just one serious attempt on target.

Belgian winger Trossard settled a scrappy match with a smart finish, sweeping home Aaron Mooy's perfect delivery in what was Brighton's first genuine attack.

Nineteen-year-old substitute Adam Idah was denied an equaliser when he headed against the post in stoppage time.

Brighton's third away win of the season lifts them nine points above the relegation zone.

Farke's bold changes backfire

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Norwich 'deserved more' after 1-0 defeat by Brighton

This was a must-win game if Norwich were to revive their fading hopes of staying in the Premier League. Instead they fell to a fifth straight league defeat without scoring.

They can still reach 36 points, and 17th-placed Watford have 28 points. But it is hard to see where their next goal - never mind win - is going to come from.

This was the first of three successive matches against teams in or just above the relegation zone yet Farke opted to start without Pukki and Cantwell for his side's fifth match in 15 days.

Finland forward Pukki has scored 11 of his team's 25 league goals this season, but none in his past 10 league and cup games, while midfielder Cantwell has also chipped in with some key goals, including efforts against Manchester City, Arsenal and Wolves.

Farke said the changes were to freshen up the side after an error-ridden 4-0 midweek defeat at Arsenal but there was a distinct familiarity to the way his team huffed and puffed without creating much.

Cuban forward Onel Hernandez was lively without testing keeper Mat Ryan, while Republic of Ireland Under-21 forward Idah was only denied by a post in the dying moments.

In two of their final three games before football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Norwich beat Leicester in the Premier League and Tottenham on penalties in the FA Cup.

Since the restart, they have failed to register a single point and are going backwards.

Are Brighton safe?

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Norwich City 0-1 Brighton: Graham Potter praises 'big' three points for Brighton

While Norwich have faltered since the restart, Brighton have thrived.

The Seagulls were just two points above the relegation zone when the season was suspended. They are now nine points clear of 18th-placed Aston Villa and 19th-placed Bournemouth, both on 27 points.

Graham Potter's side have reached 36 points - a tally that has been good enough to stay up for the past three seasons - with five games to go, meaning the pressure of hosting champions Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City in back-to-back fixtures is eased considerably.

"No I don't think it makes us safe," said Potter afterwards. "It's a huge win for us and a hard-fought three points."

Brighton carved out more and better openings than their hosts, the move for Trossard's composed finish coming straight off the training ground. Yet once again they impressed especially at the back.

With Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster dominant at the centre of defence, they came away with an eighth clean sheet of the season and are now unbeaten in five straight league away games.

And despite 11 places separating the two sides in the table, Brighton have conceded only as many goals - 44 - as fourth-placed Chelsea.

Man of the match - Aaron Mooy (Brighton)

There were several eye-catching performances for Brighton but Aaron Mooy marked his return to the side with an energetic display which included a perfect delivery for Leandro Trossard to score
There were several eye-catching performances for Brighton but Aaron Mooy marked his return to the side with an energetic display that included a perfect delivery for Leandro Trossard to score

First double over Norwich since 1951-52 - the stats

  • Brighton have completed their first league double over Norwich since 1951-52 (they won 2-0 at the Amex in November).
  • Norwich have failed to score in three consecutive home Premier League games for the first time ever.
  • Brighton enjoyed their first win in their past nine away Premier League games (D5 L3).
  • Norwich have lost each of their past six games in all competitions, the worst run suffered by Daniel Farke in his managerial career.
  • Brighton have registered three consecutive away clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since December 2016.
  • Norwich have failed to score in 16 Premier League games this season, more than any other side.

What's next?

The games are coming thick and fast - Norwich are away at fellow strugglers Watford on Tuesday (18:00 BST), while Brighton host champions Liverpool on Wednesday (20:15 BST).

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Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 4Godfrey
  • 15Klose
  • 12LewisBooked at 38mins
  • 27TetteySubstituted forVrancicat 78'minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 25DudaSubstituted forIdahat 67'minutes
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forCantwellat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20DrmicSubstituted forPukkiat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 8Vrancic
  • 14Cantwell
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Trybull
  • 22Pukki
  • 33McGovern
  • 35Idah
  • 56Martin

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2LampteyBooked at 88minsSubstituted forDuffyat 90+4'minutes
  • 15Webster
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Burn
  • 24Pröpper
  • 8BissoumaSubstituted forStephensat 79'minutes
  • 18MooySubstituted forGroßat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forMac Allisterat 79'minutes
  • 7Maupay
  • 44ConnollySubstituted forBernardoat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duffy
  • 6Stephens
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 17Murray
  • 20March
  • 22Montoya
  • 27Button
  • 30Bernardo
Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Godfrey.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Shane Duffy replaces Tariq Lamptey.

  5. Post update

    Adam Idah (Norwich City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Aarons with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Godfrey.

  8. Booking

    Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Todd Cantwell (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  13. Booking

    Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Booking

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Adam Idah (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool32282270254586
2Man City32213881334866
3Leicester33177963313258
4Chelsea331761060441657
5Man Utd331510856332355
6Wolves33131374536952
7Arsenal33121384941849
8Sheff Utd32121193332147
9Tottenham32129115144745
10Burnley32136133645-945
11Everton32128124047-744
12Newcastle32119123343-1042
13Crystal Palace33119132840-1242
14Southampton32124164155-1440
15Brighton33812133544-936
16West Ham3286183856-1830
17Watford33610172952-2328
18Aston Villa3276193660-2427
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich3356222561-3621
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