LiveRECAP: Norwich City vs Brighton and Hove Albion - As it happened

Brighton and Hove Albion took a big step towards Premier League safety by beating bottom-of-the-table Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Leandro Trossard gave Albion a first-half lead. (Photo by Joe Giddens/Pool via Getty Images)
Leandro Trossard gave Albion a first-half lead. (Photo by Joe Giddens/Pool via Getty Images)

Here's how it happened:

RECAP: Norwich City vs Brighton and Hove Albion - As it happened

Last updated: Saturday, 04 July, 2020, 19:18

  • Brighton can move nine points away from the relegation zone with a win
  • Albion looking to bounce back from 3-0 defeat against Manchester United — their first defeat after the Premier League restart following a 2-1 win over Arsenal and 0-0 draw at Leicester
  • Adam Webster returns to the starting line-up after a hamstring injury saw him miss Tuesday’s defeat
  • Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay and Aaron Mooy also return
  • Must-win game for Norwich City, who are routed to the bottom and are seven points from safety with six games to play.
  • The Canaries omit Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell from the starting line-up

Brighton win ‘changes the narrative’

Brighton boss Graham Potter tells BT Sport that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ after today’s victory.  

He said: “It’s one of those days where the result is the most important thing. To get the three points and a clean sheet. We had a little bit of luck at the end with [them hitting] the post but we’re absolutely delighted. It’s a big three points for us."

On whether survival has been secured with 36 points: “No. We’ve still got five games to go. We need to fight for the points. This season has been a unique one, so with what’s happened in the past, you can’t take too much from that. We have to understand we’re in a strange situation and we’ve got five games to go to get as many points as we can. 36 is a decent number but we need more.”

On whether this win is a relief with Liverpool and Manchester City up next for Albion: "It changes the narrative. If we don’t get the three points today, it’s an easy story to say you’ve got two of the best teams coming and we’re under pressure. To be able to get to 36 points with a win is fantastic for us. I’m pleased for the boys. As expected, it was a tough, scrappy game, but a moment of quality won the match. 

“I liked the resilience and the ability to stick at it and fight for each other. That’s been evident for us since the lockdown especially. The three points is the most important thing at this stage of the season and where we’re at.”

Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter

Full-time: Norwich City 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Massive win for Albion which all but secures their Premier League safety.

A first-half goal from Leandro Trossard was enough to seal the points to leave them nine points above the relegation zone.

Norwich, meanwhile, look doomed. 

Oh my word. You don’t get much closer than that. Norwich sub Adam Idah is found by a wicked free kick and he directs his header onto the far post. The ball stays in the danger zone but no one is there for the rebound. When your luck is out…

Two minutes played from six additional minutes. Norwich still pushing in vain for a leveller. Albion have defenders back in numbers to snuff out any danger.

Lamptey named man-of-the-match

Tariq Lamptey is named man-of-the-match by BT Sport co-commentator Jermaine Jenas. Another assured performance by the teenager. 

Norwich pushing for an equaliser but Brighton are defending resolutely. 

Lamptey fouled by Adam Idah as the game reaches the final ten minutes.

Graham Potter now decides to make some changes, with Pascal Gross and Bernardo replacing Mooy and Connolly. 

Minutes later, a visibly tired Trossard, whose goal remains the difference, goes off for Dale Stephens. Mac Allister then replaces Bissouma.

For Norwich, Alex Tettey is replaced by Mario Vrancic.

Good strike! Yves Bissouma has a go from distance, and it moves in the air, but Tim Krul is right behind it to make the save.

Daniel Farke makes three of his five changes, bringing on Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell and Adam Idah for Onel Hernandez, Ondrej Duda and Josip Drmic. 

Drmic’s last action of the game was firing a shot straight at Mat Ryan from a good position.

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