Norwich City were beaten 2-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in a cagey Premier League affair on the south-coast on Saturday.
The headline team news saw Onel Hernandez, who the previous night had celebrated becoming a new father, make his first start of the season. Tom Trybull and Marco Stiepermann also started from the off, with Ibrahim Amadou, Moritz Leitner and Todd Cantwell all dropping to the bench.
In blustery and wet conditions City made a lively start to the game.
On 11 minutes a swift counter-attack set in motion by a clever flick and turn from Teemu Pukki culminated in Stipermann side-stepping a couple of opposing defenders before clipping an effort over Mathew Ryan and onto the Brighton crossbar.
The home side responded in turn, with Tim Krul alert to superbly keep out Steven Alzate’s low shot following a mazy run into the Canaries penalty area.
Alzate then went close at the midway point in the opening period, controlling a loose ball from a corner kick and volleying inches wide from the edge of the area.
The remainder of the half played out in a somewhat disjointed manner, which included a lengthy stoppage and eventual withdrawal of Brighton defender Adam Webster through injury.
As the rain intensified, the hosts ended the half in the ascendancy. Neal Maupay fired wide from an acute angle before Ben Godfrey heroically flung his head in among the boots to clear with Maupay ready to pounce.
In first half stoppage time Alex Tettey then inadvertently headed narrowly over his own crossbar following a cross from the right.
Brighton maintained that momentum at the start of the second period. In the run-up to the hour-mark Dale Stephens, Davy Propper and the lively Aaron Connolly were all off target with warning shots from outside the area.
But on 68 minutes the home side broke the deadlock, as substitute Trossard nipped in at the near post to poke Martin Montoya’s right-wing cross beyond Krul.
City offered an immediate response. Buendia squirmed his way to the byline before lashing into the side-netting before Trybull saw an effort from a corner kick blocked.
With the Canaries committing numbers forward, they had Krul to thank for keeping them in the game after he fisted away a Maupay toe-poke from point blank range.
Buendia had a chance to equalise with a free-kick in a promising position with ten minutes to go, but saw it sail well over the bar.
At the other end, Maupay volleyed a corner just over the woodwork as Brighton saught to increase their lead. That's just what happened moments later when Duffy got on the end of a Trossard free-kick to put Albion 2-0 up and put the result beyond doubt.
Trossard continued to cause trouble, putting the ball on a plate for Alzate with minutes to spare, who twisted inside onto his left foot before blasting the ball over the bar.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Dunk (C), Stephens, Maupay, Gross (Trossard 58), Webster (Duffy 36), Montoya, Propper, Burn, Connolly (Schelotto 87), Alzate
Unused substitutes: Button, Murray, Mooy, March
Goals: Trossard (68), Duffy (85)
Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hernandez, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann (Drmic 75), Trybull (Cantwell 84), Pukki, McLean, Tettey (C) (Srbeny 84)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Byram, Leitner, Amadou
Bookings: Stiepermann (63)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick off time: 3pm
Venue: AMEX Stadium