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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.

Matches

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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