As Norwich City host Brighton at Carrow Road this Saturday (12:30pm KO), we’ve decided to take a look back on a memorable match between the teams just three years ago.
City won the match 2-0 without any of their players getting on the scoresheet. A confusing one on paper, we explain more below:
Norwich City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
21 April, 2017
Sky Bet Championship
What was on the line?
For the Canaries, not much. This was City’s third-to-last game of the Championship season, impossible to make a play-offs spot as they sat eighth, seven points behind. The only thing a win over Brighton would do for City was further cement this placing for the end of the season and provide distancing from ninth-place Derby County.
For Brighton, a win at Carrow Road would’ve secured them the Championship title, as they sat seven points ahead of Newcastle, who had a game in hand to make up some ground.
How the game unfolded
The Canaries wouldn’t have to wait for long to get their opener in this fixture. An attack in the 18th minute saw Josh Murphy make a run down the wing, before cutting inside in an attempt to set up his own shot, losing the ball in doing so.
The attack seemed over, until Alex Pritchard laced one on goal. It wasn’t looking like City’s day when the shot deflected off the crossbar, but there was still cause for celebration when the ball consequently bounced off David Stockdale’s back into the goal.
The chances of a goal like that going in are low, but what makes it even more incredible is when it happened again just over 20 minutes later.
Once again, Pritchard picked the ball up on the edge of the box, trying his luck with a curling effort. History repeated itself almost like-for-like after the ball came off the post into Stockdale’s back, rolling over the goal-line to give City a 2-0 lead.
Not registering a single shot on target, but winning 2-0, this night at Carrow Road was surely one of the Canaries’ most bizarre wins in recent history.
Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Dijks, Howson, Dorrans, Naismith, Pritchard (Maddison, 88), Jo. Murphy (Hoolahan, 86), Oliveira
Subs not used: Whittaker, Jerome, Ja. Murphy, Tettey, McGovern
What happened next?
The season didn’t end as well as Brighton would’ve hoped. Only picking up a point from the remaining fixtures whilst Newcastle picked up nine, the Magpies were crowned the Championship winners, leaving Brighton second.
Regardless of losing the title, Brighton still earned promotion to the topflight, where they still compete today.
Meanwhile, the Canaries went on to draw with Leeds and beat QPR to secure an eighth-place finish in the league.