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THE INSIDE TRACK: BRIGHTON

27 October 2016

Our guide to the Seagulls

NORWICH City visit Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture against the Seagulls.

IN THE DUGOUT
Saturday's game will represent the second time that City have come up against their former manager Chris Hughton since his departure in April 2014.

Hughton took charge at the Amex Stadium that December, and the following April saw Alex Neil's men defeat his Brighton team 1-0 on the south coast to continue their assault on promotion.


A former Republic of Ireland international, Hughton's biggest association is with Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent the majority of his playing career before a lenghty spell as coach.

His first permanent managerial job came at Newcastle United, who he guided to the Championship title in 2010. A short stint at Birmingham City preceded his appointment with the Canaries.

As boss at Carrow Road, Hughton led his team to an 11th-place finish in his first Premier League season but struggles in his second campaign resulted in him parting company with the Club with five league matches remaining.

IN THE PRESS
Seagulls winger Jamie Murphy remembers Canaries boss Alex Neil from their playing days north of the border.

He told reporters recently: "I’ve played against him plenty of times when he played for Hamilton and I was a younger boy at Motherwell.


"If his team are anything like how he played as a holding midfielder, I’m sure it will be tough. It’s a massive game. Norwich are a big club and a great side.

"We want to get promoted. We are no different from most teams. We did well last season and we want to take that one step further."

ONE TO WATCH
Star man Anthony Knockaert already has five Sky Bet Championship goals to his name this season.

The attacking wideman has relished life with Albion since signing for an undisclosed fee from Standard Liege in January.


Capped for France at Under-21 level, Knockaert spent three years with Guingamp prior to transferring to Leicester City on a three-year contract in August 2012.

He was part of the Foxes team that reached the Championship play-offs in 2013, appearing 106 times during his time with the current Premier League champions.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Niki Maenpaa, David Stockdale, Casper Ankergren.

Defenders: Bruno Saltor, Gaetan Bong, Uwe Huenemeier, Lewis Dunk, Sebastien Pocognoli, Connor Goldson, Shane Duffy, Liam Rosenior, Richie Towell, Rob Hunt.

Midfielders: Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Anthony Knockaert, Steve Sidwell, Oliver Norwood, Rohan Ince, Kazenga LuaLua.

Forwards: Jiri Skalak, Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed, Jamie Murphy, Glenn Murray, Elvis Manu, Solly March.

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