Norwich City Premier League A-Z: More Brighton fun and games await

PUBLISHED: 12:12 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:34 10 June 2019

Gary Doherty scores Norwich City's late winner over Brighton at the Withdean Stadium back in 2010. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Gary Doherty scores Norwich City's late winner over Brighton at the Withdean Stadium back in 2010. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Focus Images 2010

Norwich City will renew acquaintances with BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION next season - but for the first time in the Premier League. Michael Bailey looks at some previous encounters.

Norwich City fans pour out of Carrow Road following the postponement of their FA Cup tie against Brighton in 2003, due to a power cut. Picture: Keiron TovellNorwich City fans pour out of Carrow Road following the postponement of their FA Cup tie against Brighton in 2003, due to a power cut. Picture: Keiron Tovell

- November 30, 1946

Norwich City 7-2 Brighton

The final score is even more striking when you consider the Canaries were 2-1 down at half-time, in their third-round tie at Carrow Road. One of the club's most prolific forwards Les Eyre was the hero of the day, hitting five goals and admitting afterwards: "It was just my day - another 15 minutes and I'd most likely have scored another three."

Norwich's victory over Division Three South counterparts was their FA Cup record win until hammering non-league Sutton United 8-0 at Carrow Road in January 1989. City's 7-0 win at non-league Paulton Rovers in November 2009 is the only other time in the competition Norwich have hit at least seven goals.

Norwich City players try to digest conceding a fouth at Brighton in 2016 - without the knowledge a fifth would soon follow. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesNorwich City players try to digest conceding a fouth at Brighton in 2016 - without the knowledge a fifth would soon follow. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

- March 12, 1983

Brighton 1-0 Norwich City

Another FA Cup meeting - no surprise given Norwich have faced Brighton in the competition more times than anyone else. For the record, it's 10 meetings and four wins each.

It was Albion who won this one; a Goldstone Ground quarter-final where City couldn't follow up beating Ipswich in the previous round.

Alex Pritchard celebrates extending Norwich City's lead over promotion Brighton at Carrow Road, back in 2017. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesAlex Pritchard celebrates extending Norwich City's lead over promotion Brighton at Carrow Road, back in 2017. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

More to the point, City's narrow defeat was a painful one - missing a host of excellent chances before Jimmy Case scored the game's only goal, despite the forward being penalised by the linesman for a foul. The referee opted to overrule him.

Albion went on to the FA Cup final at Wembley before losing to Manchester United in a replay - all in the same season as being relegated from the top flight.

Out of interest, the clubs' last FA Cup meeting came in 2003 - City winning 3-1 but only after the initial fixture was postponed due to a Carrow Road power cut.

- February 13, 2010

David Stockdale lies on the floor dejected after Alex Pritchard's shots gave Norwich City victory over Brighton in 2017 - even though both goals were credited to the Albion goalkeeper after they went in off him via the woodwork. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesDavid Stockdale lies on the floor dejected after Alex Pritchard's shots gave Norwich City victory over Brighton in 2017 - even though both goals were credited to the Albion goalkeeper after they went in off him via the woodwork. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Brighton 1-2 Norwich City

A League One clash at the picturesque but atmosphere-less Withdean Stadium came at a crucial time for Paul Lambert's Canaries - and they picked up victory in iconic style.

First Elliott Bennett gave Gustav Poyet's hosts a lead midway through the first half - an intervention that may well have helped convince the City boss to eventually take the winger to Carrow Road.

Glenn Murray then saw two efforts cleared off the line, before City produced two goals in the final 10 minutes to seal a vital three points - Grant Holt and Gary Doherty the goalscorers. With Leeds being held at Leyton Orient, the win extended City's lead at the summit to four points, Lambert adding: "What's said in the dressing room stays there, but the lads came out and responded brilliantly. We had to win the game and I'm absolutely delighted, but it's the lads that do it."

- October 29, 2016

Brighton 5-0 Norwich City

Only City's second competitive visit to the Amex Stadium - but it will take a lot of effort for Norwich to produce something more painful. Just 15 games into the Championship campaign with hopes Alex Neil's men could muster another immediate return to the top-flight, Chris Hughton got one over his old club - a win he later acknowledged was up there with his best.

Glenn Murray bagged a hat-trick, although it was only 1-0 come the hour mark; the Canaries' capitulation littered with hideous defensive errors that saw Neil admit: "It was my worst defeat as a manager. Humiliating. The way we ended the game I don't associate with my teams."

Captain Russell Martin went on to question the commitment of his own team-mates. It was another four and a half months until Neil was sacked - but it was on the south coast in October where the damage was done.

- April 21, 2017

Norwich City 2-0 Brighton

Hughton's side pushed on in impressive style from that home thrashing of Norwich, arriving at Carrow Road towards the end of April already promoted to the Premier League for the first time. And this was supposed to be the night Albion would secure the title - the "champions" scarves were already on sale around the ground before kick-off in anticipation.

You imagine someone somewhere still has a lot of boxes of those scarves sitting around, given defeat to Norwich played its part in Brighton effectively handing the trophy to Newcastle.

In a rather surreal game where Hughton picked up stick from his former supporters, City forward Alex Pritchard was roundly booed by the visiting fans for having chosen a move to Norwich over Albion in the summer.

Pritchard ultimately had the last laugh, scoring twice from range - although goalkeeper David Stockdale was credited with both, after they went in off the goalkeeper via the woodwork.

- Manager: Graham Potter

The 44-year-old hasn't had a game in charge yet, given he was appointed at the end of the season following the sacking of Hughton.

Potter was a bit of a journeyman as a player starting at Birmingham and taking in the sights of Stoke, Southampton, West Brom, York and Boston United, as well as a number of loans.

He came to the public eye as a manager with Swedish club Ostersund, where he took over in December 2010. Three promotions and a trip to the knockout stages of the 2017-18 Europa League followed, where Ostersund beat Arsenal in London - but went out on aggregate.

Potter was appointed Swansea manager just 12 months ago and while his transitional side played with style, they finished midtable.

- Last season

Brighton survived - just - finishing 17th and two points ahead of Cardiff. It wasn't particularly pleasant viewing either, although many thought the decision to axe Hughton the day after the final game was a little unreasonable.

Albion's big results were an early win over Manchester United and victories over relegation battlers Huddersfield (twice) and Newcastle. But they finished the season with just three points from their final nine games.

- New season

Much is now expected of Potter, who did an intriguing job at Swansea last term. Brighton fans should note that at Ostersund and Swansea, he made things work on a minimal budget. They pass and keep the ball - the Swans completed the most passes per game of any Championship team (537) while no one made more short passes or played fewer long balls.

So Brighton supporters will and should expect something different to the cautious approach of Hughton.

Senior players may well leave too, given Potter is the sort of manager who loves to sign young players and mould them into a team in his style. It may take time and bookies may tip them for another struggle, but this is where Brighton's management need to do the right thing and stick with their man through thick and thin. Sometimes it pays off.

- HEAD TO HEAD

NC wins - Draws - Brighton wins

League 28 22 24

FA Cup 4 2 5

League Cup 1 0 1

Total 33 24 30

Last 10 league games:

2016-17 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, April 21:

Norwich 2 Brighton 0

Saturday, October 29:

Brighton 5 Norwich 0

2014-15 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, April 3:

Brighton 0 Norwich 1

Saturday, November 22:

Norwich 3 Brighton 3

2009-10 - LEAGUE ONE

Saturday, February 13:

Brighton 1 Norwich 2

Tuesday, November 24:

Norwich 4 Brighton 1

2005-06 - CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday, February 14:

Norwich 3 Brighton 0

Saturday, October 1:

Brighton 1 Norwich 3

2002-03 - DIVISION ONE

Thursday, December 26:

Norwich 0 Brighton 1

Saturday, August 17:

Brighton 0 Norwich 2

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