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City inflicted 1-0 defeat by clinical Brighton

4 July 2020

Norwich City were beaten 1-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Canaries began the game dominating possession, but were punished for failing to capitalise on it when Leandro Trossard made the breakthrough following a Timm Klose error midway through the first half.

Daniel Farke made four changes to Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, Klose returning from suspension to come in alongside Ondrej Duda, Onel Hernandez and Josip Drmic, with Tom Trybull, Todd Cantwell, Lukas Rupp and Teemu Pukki on the bench.

Brighton’s Aaron’s combined for the visitor’s first chance of the game, Mooy’s free-kick finding Connolly via Klose’s headed clearance, but Connolly fired his effort over the bar.

Norwich enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession in the game’s opening exchanges with few chances to show for it, at least until the 13th minute when Hernandez twisted and turned in Brighton’s 18-yard-box before seeing his effort blocked by Lewis Dunk.

Hernandez continued to look lively, going for goal again in the 19th minute after Ben Godfrey had picked out Emi Buendia in a pocket of space. The Argentine played Hernandez down the right wing, the latter going around the outside of Dunk before shooting wide.

Brighton’s opening goal had a helping hand from Klose, who gave the ball away and was caught out of position in the 25th minute, allowing Mooy to charge down the right wing and cross for Trossard to cushion inside the far post with his first shot of the game.

Hernandez continued to look like the creative outlet for City, chopping inside from the left wing in the 33rd minute before dragging his shot wide.

Into the first minute of stoppage time in the first half, it was Hernandez again who had an eye for goal after Buendia did well to hold off multiple Brighton defenders and pick out the Cuban on the left. He cut back inside but had his shot blocked by Mooy on this occasion.

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Connolly began the second half attacking the same flank Hernandez had been in the first 45, coming in from the left and looking to bend a shot towards the far corner, but Klose was in the way. Another Mooy free-kick followed, with Dan Burn heading just wide.

VAR was called into action for a potential handball by Dunk to block a Buendia volley in the 56th minute, but nothing came of it.

Josip Drmic had his first shot on goal in the 66th minute, digging the ball out from inside the D but shooting straight at Mat Ryan.

Daniel Farke then made a triple substitution, Adam Idah, Cantwell and Pukki replacing Duda, Hernandez and Drmic respectively.

Tim Krul was then called into action, shifting to his right to prevent Yves Bissouma from finding the net from distance.

Mario Vrancic was next to come on for City, replacing Alexander Tettey with twelve minutes of normal time remaining.

Idah came agonisingly close to an equaliser in stoppage time, heading Kenny McLean's delivery onto the inside of the post.

Ultimately, shots on goal were few and far between. Despite Brighton’s slender lead, Norwich failed to trouble Ryan or the Seagulls defence, eventually falling to another defeat.

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey © (Vrancic 78’), McLean, Buendia, Duda (Idah 67’), Hernandez (Cantwell 67’), Drmic (Pukki 67’)
Subs not used: McGovern, Trybull, Rupp, Stiepermann, Martin
Bookings: Lewis (38’), Cantwell (91’)

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Lamptey (Duffy 95'), Dunk, Webster, Burn, Bissouma (Stephens 79’), Mooy (Bernardo 72’), Propper, Connolly (Gross 72’), Maupay, Trossard (Mac Allister 79’)
Subs not used: Button, Montoya, March, Murray
Goals: Trossard (25’)
Bookings: Lamptey (88’)

HT: 0-1
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Stuart Attwell

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