Memorable Match: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich City’s trip to Brighton this weekend sparks memories of Gary Doherty’s last-minute winner against the Seagulls almost nine years ago.

The game took place in the final months of Brighton’s stay at the Withdean Stadium, as City pulled off a dramatic 2-1 win.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Norwich City

13 February, 2010

League One

Withdean Stadium

How the game unfolded

To the surprise of many, given that Brighton began the game in the relegation zone, it was the home side who took the lead inside 21 minutes, Elliott Bennett scoring a low-free kick for Gus Poyet’s side.

Glenn Murray could have put the result beyond any doubt but for some desperate goal-line clearances from Michael Nelson and Simon Lappin for the Canaries.

With ten minutes left on the clock, it looked as though Albion were about to scalp a surprise three points. Not if Grant Holt had anything to do with it.

A deflected shot from the City legend slammed into the roof of the net, before centre-back Doherty completed the turnaround with a header in the 84th minute.

Last-ditch stuff from Paul Lambert’s Norwich City, who showed title credentials by winning ugly on the road.

Norwich City: Forster, Doherty, Nelson (Johnson 74’), Martin, Rose, Hoolahan (Spillane 87’), Lappin, Russell, Smith (McNamee 63’), Holt, Martin

Subs not used: Rudd, Dawkin, Gill, Hughes

What happened next?

The win kept City at the top of the table (four points clear of Leeds United, who had two games in hand). City stayed there until the end of the season to win the league and go back to the Championship in emphatic style.

Brighton looked like relegation fodder at the time and were in 21st place, but ended up finishing 13th in League One before winning the league the following season to re-join City in the second tier.

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