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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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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24

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