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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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