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19:06  20 april  2017
19:06  20 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Our man of the match: Brighton (H)

  Our man of the match: Brighton (H) Norwich ruined Brighton’s big night as they beat the Seagulls 2-0 at Carrow Road on Friday night. Brighton only need a point to secure the league but came away with nothing as Norwich beat them 2-0 in front of the Sky cameras. On a bizarre night, the Canaries won 2-0 without registering an official shot on target in the game. Both goals went down as David Stockdale own goals. The Brighton goalkeeper was desperately unlucky as two Alex Pritchard shots hit the woodwork and bounced back off the shot-stopper and dropped in. Pritchard, who was being maligned by Brighton fans all night, was superb for Norwich and will count himself unlucky for not getting his name on the scoresheet, despite his two terrific strikes that led to the goals. Jonny Howson saved Norwich towards the end when he cleared one off the line with his knee, but Brighton rarely threatened the goal. Picking a man of the match for Norwich has been very easy, despite my inclination to make a David Stockdale joke. Ryan Bennett and Graham Dorrans were both in contention, but it could not be anyone other than Alex Pritchard. After his decision to join Norwich over Brighton last summer he was welcomed by boos every time he touched the ball from the away fans, with a number of chants directed at him throughout the game. He certainly silenced them with two sweet strikes, which were unlucky to not go in on their own – leading to the two Norwich goals. Pritchard was sharp on the ball, beat players with ease and worked his socks off to try to prove a point at Carrow Road. The 23-year-old has been in sublime form this month, with this being his fifth man of the match award out of six matches for Norwich.

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Norwich City caretaker manager Alan Irvine has handed out the latest squad news ahead of his side’s clash with Brighton on Friday night in the Championship.

Brighton have the chance to seal the Championship title at Carrow Road, they only need a point to celebrate winning the league.

The Canaries will be out to stop that, but will be without central defender Timm Klose.

Irvine has confirmed, as he did last week, that Klose will miss the match with injury. This was after he went off injured against Fulham last Friday.

Speaking to Norwich’s website, Irvine said this:

Common Connections - Norwich v Brighton

  Common Connections - Norwich v Brighton Chris Hughton will return to Carrow Road on Friday evening when his title-chasing Brighton side take on the Canaries, aside from Hughton, numerous staff and players both past and present have a connection with the two clubs. A handful of Hughton’s backroom staff will also be returning to Carrow Road, Paul Trollope and Paul Nevin, both having been employed by City during Hughton’s stint as manager. In recent memory, Andrew Crofts and Elliot Bennett spring to mind as players that have turned out for both City and Brighton, Norwich having purchased both players from Brighton in 2010 and 2011, respectively. City captain Russell Martin was born and raised in Brighton but only ever played for the clubs under-18’s, before moving on to Wycombe Wanderers. Former canary fan favourite Bradley Johnson, currently at Derby County, has also represented Brighton, having joined the club on loan during the 2008-’09 season. During the previous decade both Leroy Lita and Jason Jarrett plied their trade at both clubs, the former having also scored for both clubs during loan moves. Further back in the clubs’ history; Ade Akinbiyi, Justin Fashanu, Mark Barham – part of City’s 1985 Milk Cup winning side – and Jeff Wood, former City goalkeeper coach briefly held the position of manager at Brighton in 1999. Finally, a slightly left-field connection, Alex Pritchard joined City last summer after a last minute bid, Pritchard was, literally, on the M25 driving down to Brighton with his agent to sign for the club, however, after learning of City’s interest he decided to turn around and join Norwich.

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“Timm won’t be fit but he’s making progress and I expect we’ll see him before the end of the season.”

There was some good news though, with Irvine confirming that Wes Hoolahan is back in contention after sitting out the win over Preston.

“Wes is available.”

“The agreement with Wes before the Reading game was that we’d get him out there for two games and then give him a breather.”

Alex Tettey also say out at Preston, but has returned to training this week and could feature against the Albion.

Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson remained sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton: Rating the Canaries .
Norwich City spoiled the party on Friday night as they stopped Brighton from securing the Championship title at Carrow Road. Brighton only need a point to secure the league but came away with nothing as Norwich beat them 2-0 in front of the Sky cameras. On a bizarre night, the Canaries won 2-0 without registering an official shot on target in the game. Both goals went down as David Stockdale own goals. The Brighton goalkeeper was desperately unlucky as two Alex Pritchard shots hit the woodwork and bounced back off the shot-stopper and dropped in. Pritchard, who was being maligned by Brighton fans all night, was superb for Norwich and will count himself unlucky for not getting his name on the scoresheet, despite his two terrific strikes that led to the goals. Jonny Howson saved Norwich towards the end when he cleared one off the line with his knee, but Brighton rarely threatened the goal.

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