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21 April 2017

City play the role of party poopers at Carrow Road

ALAN Irvine praised every facet of his team's performance after they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 on Friday.

Two own goals from Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale - each from Alex Pritchard shots - gave the Canaries the three points and denied their visitors the Sky Bet Championship title.

Irvine believes it was an accomplished display from the players, commenting afterwards: "The players should take a lot of pride out of it because it was an excellent performance from start to finish.

"I was more worried about the team they picked because with the four changes they made, they were players who would have been relishing a start.

"I thought we defended really well as a team. We had times when Nelson Oliveira was out on the left hand side, and you've got to do that. When you're out of the ball, you have to have good shape.

"We went about our jobs extremely well. I felt we controlled the game for most of it. It was just a fantastic performance throughout the team."

Pritchard was once again the star of the show for City and will feel unfortunate not to have two goals added to his season's tally following the bizarre events of the first half.

Irvine added: "They were two great strikers and he actually deserved to score goals straight from them.

"David Stockdale was unfortunate; I'm sure he'd much rather give them to Alex but unfortunately that won't happen.

"We've obviously seen it happen plenty of times once in the game, but to see it twice in the game with exactly the same players is unusual. We'll just say well done to Alex."

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