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Withdean Stadium (ATT 7,258) 13th February 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Norwich City Norwich

Brighton 1

E Bennett (21)

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Norwich 2

G Holt (80)
G Doherty (84)

Norwich late show extends gap

Canaries leave it late to sneak past Brighton

Last Updated: 13/02/10 6:41pm

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Doherty scored the winner for Norwich

Doherty scored the winner for Norwich

Veteran Gary Doherty scored a late winner to secure a crucial 2-1 victory at Brighton to send Norwich four points clear at the top of League One.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes saw the Canaries recover from a goal down to record their fifth win in six matches in all competitions.

Doherty added to Grant Holt's 80th minute leveller, which cancelled out an Elliot Bennett free-kick in the first half.

The Seagulls had taken the lead through Bennett's free-kick from 20 yards in the 20th minute and the south coast side looked well set to claim three points in their battle against relegation as they reached the final 10 minutes with their lead intact.

However, the league leaders had different ideas and they drew level in the 80th minute through Holt's shot from a Wes Hoolahan cross.

Four minutes later and the game was turned on its head when Doherty headed home Darel Russell's free-kick from close range to seal an unlikely victory.

With Leeds drawing 1-1 at Leyton Orient, thanks to an injury-time Charlie Daniel own goal, it means the Canaries' lead at top is extended to four points.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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