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

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