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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 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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