Essential reading on Good Friday's opponents
Nickname: The Seagulls
Manager: Chris Hughton
Ground: American Express Community Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 176 miles (3 hours 4 minutes)
Brighton’s 1-0 win at Blackburn last time out opened the gap between themselves and the Sky Bet Championship bottom three to ten points.
Matt Kilgallon’s first half own goal at Ewood Park proved the decisive moment and helped extend their solid recent form.
Just two defeats in their last ten matches has seen them stave off relegation fears, with City’s promotion rivals Derby and Wolves both failing to win at the Amex Stadium in recent weeks.
On Chris Hughton’s appointment as manager in December, the south coast club were in 21st place and level on points with Millwall in 22nd, but the ex-City boss has helped improve the fortunes of the well-supported Seagulls.
Ahead of Good Friday’s game, Brighton narrowly trail Norwich in the head-to-head record between the two clubs with 29 wins to the Canaries’ 31. Their last meeting brought an entertaining 3-3 draw at Carrow Road in November.
Albion have one former City player in their squad: Andrew Crofts (2010-2012), but the midfielder is currently sidelined with a serious knee injury.
Chris Hughton was appointed as Sami Hyypia’s replacement on New Year’s Eve, just over nine months after his departure from the Canaries.
As a full-back, Republic of Ireland international Hughton progressed through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and made close to 400 appearances for the north London club.
After finishing his playing days at West Ham United and Brentford, he returned to White Hart Lane as a coach and spent 14 seasons there before moving to Newcastle United.
Hughton was given his first permanent job in management with the Magpies, guiding them to the Championship title in 2010 after his appointment at the beginning of that campaign.
He left midway through their first season back in the top flight, and took the reins at Birmingham City in June 2011. He had only been at St Andrew’s for a year, however, when he replaced Paul Lambert at Carrow Road in the summer of 2012.
City finished 11th in the Premier League in the 56-year-old’s first season in charge, but with them hovering just above the relegation zone last April, he parted company with the Club.
Goalkeepers: David Stockdale, Casper Ankergren, Christian Walton.
Defenders: Bruno Saltor, Gordon Greer (c), Aaron Hughes, Lewis Dunk, Inigo Calderon, Glen Rea, Joe Bennett, Greg Halford.
Midfielders: Dale Stephens, Andrew Crofts, Kemy Agustien, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Jake Forster-Caskey, Danny Holla, Rohan Ince, Kazenga LuaLua, Beram Kayal, Charlie Harris, Mustapha Carayol.
Forwards: Sam Baldock, Chris O’Grady, Craig Mackail-Smith, Leon Best, Solly March.
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