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Norwich City were held to a 0-0 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion but they put in a positive display against the in-form visitors and should have got all three points.
The Canaries defended well, restricting the visitors to only a few opportunities, but also had that cutting edge in attack. It was just the finishing touch or final pass that eluded them and prevented Daniel Farke's side from getting what would have been a deserved victory.
Farke named an unchanged side from the team that picked up a 0-0 draw at Burnley last time out.
Brighton also named an unchanged starting XI, but full-back had Tariq Lamptey and Yves Bissouma recovered from injuries to take a place on the bench.
The visitors had the majority of the possession in the opening 10 minutes, but quick into the tackle and alert in defence Norwich restricted Brighton to just a Shane Duffy header from a corner that was over the crossbar.
Then on 12 minutes Ben Gibson chipped a delightful pass into Josh Sargent, who spun and fired an effort at goal that deflected off Lewis Dunk as it whistled past the post.
Brighton then had two good chances to take the lead, the first falling to Adam Lallana, whose half volley on the edge of the box was well saved by Tim Krul.
Ten minutes later Leondro Trossard connected with a volley in the box, from a Neal Maupay knockdown, but his effort rattled the top of the crossbar.
Sargent then did well to draw a foul 25 yards from goal, following a good run and pass from Giannoulis, but Mathias Normann hit the free kick over the crossbar.
Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to the lively Sargent though as he made a nuisance of himself looking to get on the end of a long ball that Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sánchez had come out of his box to head clear.
The shot stopper didn’t connect and the ball fell to Sargent, but the USA international's shot towards goal didn’t have enough pace on it; allowing a defender to clear off the line.
The second half began with Teemu Pukki taking advantage of a ricohcet to play in Sargent, but he was denied a shot by a superb sliding challenge from Dan Burn.
Trossard replied for the visitors by winning the ball off Ozan Kabak on halfway and racing towards the edge of the box before firing wide.
Just past the hour mark, Normann and Lees-Melou both had efforts blocked from outside the box as the Canaries continued to search for an opener.
That almost came on 63 minutes as Pukki did well to win the ball back off Brighton's Burn before playing a pass out to Max Aarons. Aarons then slid his Finnish teammate in on goal but his chip over Sánchez ended agonisingly the wrong side of the post.
Ben Gibson was next to go close as Norwich pushed men forward in search of a goal as he hit an effort from 25 yards out, with 11 minutes left, that warmed the gloves of Sánchez.
Then minutes later, on the counter, substitute Milot Rashica played in Pukki but he was denied by another late sliding challenge from a Brighton defender.
Brighton could have snatched it with four minutes to go though as Lallana worked room from a low cross that Maupay blazed over from eight yards out.
Norwich City starting XI: Krul (GK); Aarons, Kabak, Hanley (C), Gibson, Giannoulis; McLean, Normann (Rupp, 81), Lees-Melou; Sargent (Rashica, 75), Pukki (Idah, 90). Sub not used: Gunn (GK), Gilmour, Dowell, Tzolis, Williams, Omobamidele. Goals: Bookings: Kabak (28), Giannoulis (49)
Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI: Sanchez; Duffy, Dunk (C), Burn; Veltman (Lamptey, 57), Gross, Lallana, Moder (Mac Allister, 83), Cucurella (March, 65); Maupay, Trossard. Subs not used: Steele (GK), Connolly, Bissouma, Mwepu, Locadia, Roberts. Goals: Bookings: Lallana (22), Cucurella (39)
HT: 0-0 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,777 Referee: Peter Bankes
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