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Withdean Stadium (ATT 6,624) 1st October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Joslin

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Norwich City Norwich

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Canaries shoot down Brighton

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 01/10/05 2:45pm

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Norwich made it two wins inside a week with a 3-1 win at Brighton's Withdean Stadium.

The Canaries, who have endured a disappointing start to the campaign, were two up at the break and never looked like relinquishing their lead having gone in front.

It was Darren Huckerby who put the visitors in front midway through the first period.

The striker was released by Youssef Safri and showed excellent composure to cut in on his right foot and curl into the corner of the net for his third goal of the season.

The hosts had the chance to draw level on 36 minutes but Dean Hammond somehow managed to scoop Leon Knight's free-kick over the bar from no more than six yards.

Norwich made them pay shortly afterwards by doubling their advantage through Paul McVeigh's first goal for 14 months.

The forward got on the end of Dean Marney's low cross and netted for the first time since his strike at Old Trafford in August 2004.

Kevin Lisbie almost put the visitors three up on the hour mark but saw his header just fly wide.

Brighton found a way back into the game on 67 minutes when French midfielder Alexandre Frutos rifled a tremendous volley home from the edge of the box.

The goal lifted Mark McGhee's men and Norwich had to endure some nervy moments with Robert Green making a fine save from Knight.

But they put the game to bed five minutes from time when McVeigh played in Ian Henderson who finished calmly to seal maximum points.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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