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21 April 2017

Midfielder points to Seagulls victory as sign of better things to come

NORWICH City must use results like Friday night's 2-0 victory over Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton as inspiration for the 2017-18 season, says Alex Pritchard.

The Canaries deservedly took all three points at Carrow Road, with Pritchard bizarrely seeing two superb strikes nestle in the net via Seagulls goalkeeper David Stockdale after having initially struck the woodwork.

"It was a big occasion because they came here knowing if they won they would win the title," the midfielder told Norwich City TV.

"We put in a good performance and now they'll have to wait. We owed them one as they beat us 5-0 comfortably before, which we spoke about.

"We have to prove that we're still good enough. We've got to go again next year, but with two games left we owe to the fans to try and get another two wins.

"You think about the what-ifs because we can't get promoted. It's tough to take but we've got to push and hopefully we can do it next year."

Reflecting on his double that never was following an extended run in the side under caretaker boss Alan Irvine, Pritchard added: "It is what it is, although it will probably never happen again.

"I've got to bring goals to my game but they'll go down as own-goals. I'll just go again next week and hopefully get one then.

"I owe Alan for trusting me and giving me the opportunity, I've just got to keep putting in the performances for him. I'm very grateful to him for that."

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