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THE INSIDE TRACK: BRIGHTON

19 April 2017

Our guide to the Seagulls

NORWICH City host Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday (7.45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

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

IN THE PRESS
Chris Hughton is eyeing the top prize for his Brighton players after they clinched promotion at the weekend.

The Seagulls' 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic on Easter Monday coupled with Huddersfield Town only being able to draw at Derby County mean Hughton's side will play Premier League football next season.

Three points at Carrow Road on Hughton's first return there since his spell as Canaries manager will secure Brighton the Sky Bet Championship title and he insists that's a big motivation for his players.


"The best thing happening now is that we’ve got another challenge," he said. "One thing I wouldn’t want or accept, is to go through these next three games a shadow of ourselves.
 
"I’m pleased that we’ve got a really good opportunity to win the title, and that’s what the players will remember.
 
"It’s a great achievement for these players to get promotion, but it’s an even greater one to win the Championship."

PREVIOUS MEETING
Glenn Murray's hat-trick helped leave City humiliated as they lost 5-0 at the Amex Stadium in October.

Alex Neil's team started the day just a point behind Brighton in the table after 14 games but they were on the wrong end of a thumping defeat on the south coast.


Murray capitalised on Michael McGovern's error to put the Seagulls ahead after six minutes but the bulk of the damage was done in the second half.

Jiri Skalak provided for Murray and Lewis Dunk before the prolific striker completed his treble and Anthony Knockaert rounded things off with six minutes left.

ALBION TRIVIA
Brighton were founded in 1901 but weren't elected to the Football League until 1920.

In 1940, the Canaries infliced on them their biggest ever defeat - though the 18-0 win on Christmas Day was a wartime fixture for which Brighton brought only five players, with the rest of their side made up of City reserves and even spectators.

The Seagulls have never won a major trophy but did reach the final of the 1983 FA Cup, losing 4-0 in the replayed final after initially holding Manchester United to a 2-2 draw.

For two seasons in the 1990s, Brighton were forced to play their home matches some 70 miles away in Gillingham as a consequence of the sale of their own Goldstone Ground.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Niki Maenpaa, David Stockdale, Casper Ankegren, Christian Walton.

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

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

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



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