REPORT: ALBION 0 NORWICH 1
- Chris Hughton’s men remain 16th in the league.
- Albion are nine points clear of the drop zone.
- The Seagulls' four-match unbeaten home run comes to an end.
- Albion beaten for the first time since a 2-1 defeat to Reading on 7th March
Brighton & Hove Albion’s three-game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost 1-0 to promotion chasers Norwich City.
The introduction of second-half City substitute Nathan Redmond had a profound effect as the winger's assist enabled the visitors to net the only goal through Bradley Johnson.
With the previous encounter between the sides finishing in a pulsating 3-3 draw, it seemed this match would follow in a similar fashion, due to the early impetus shown from both sides.
City, themselves, came into the game on the back of a four-game unbeaten run and they created the game's opening chance when Johnson stepped up to unleash a tantalising strike, which was parried away by David Stockdale.
Almost immediately after, Albion had their first real chance of the game when Inigo Calderon combined intelligently with Chris O’Grady, whose effort was saved comfortably by John Ruddy.
Jerome then burst through for City before squaring to the overlapping Wes Hoolahan, but the midfielder fired his tame effort straight at Stockdale.
Chris Hughton’s men passed up a glorious opportunity to make the breakthrough when calamitous defending from Sebastien Bassong saw Beram Kayal clean through on goal. With Russell Martin to beat he instead squared to Joao Teixeira, who drilled his effort wide.
With half-time looming Albion spurned another great chance when a corner whipped in by Joe Bennett saw Rohan Ince’s side-footed effort agonisingly sail wide.
After the interval both teams struggled to seize any degree of control and in an attempt to strengthen their promotion chances, Norwich boss Alex Neil brought off Hoolahan for Redmond.
And Redmond vindicated his manager’s decision by drilling his cross across Albion’s box where Johnson was on hand to smash the ball home.
Despite the Seagulls’ best efforts to get back in the game, Norwich counted the clock down to leave the Amex the happier of the two sides.
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