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Brighton’s David Stockdale hails Russell Martin as he trips up Norwich City once again

05:34 24 November 2014

David Stockdale collects a cross during Brighton

David Stockdale collects a cross during Brighton's draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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David Stockdale clearly enjoys coming up against Norwich City – and once again, he had a say in earning something for his current side off the Canaries.

David Stockdale clearly enjoys coming up against Norwich City – and once again, he had a say in earning something for his current side off the Canaries.

This time around, the former Fulham and Ipswich goalkeeper made a series of saves with Norwich 2-1 ahead, which Brighton cashed in on as the second half evolved.

Ultimately, they were worth one point rather than three – but Championship sides still see that as relative success in Norfolk. Especially the struggling ones.

“It was a good save (from Bradley Johnson) and it was a platform for us to go on,” said the 29-year-old. “It woke us up a bit. To come to Norwich and score three, albeit we conceded three, and come away with a point is actually very good.

“We showed we had character. Everyone could see we are a team with character. Their second goal lifted the whole stadium. So for us to come back after that was something else at a tough place like this.

“After the penalty (third goal) we felt we could hang on and win but even though we half-cleared for their third goal, it fell to one of their players from a deflection and it goes in. So in the end it was a good point, but also a bad point.”

Not that there was much Stockdale could do as City captain Russell Martin let fly four minutes into the second half.

“I have probably been beaten like that by a couple of players in the England camp, but in an actual game – no one has done that,” the keeper admitted.

“It was one of the best strikes I have seen, not that I saw much of it because it was past me so quick and when it goes past you, you have no idea where it goes.

“He is a good lad as well. I didn’t want him to score but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

“As soon as it left his foot I knew it was one I was going to dive for, knowing I probably wouldn’t get near it.”

Full-back Bruno Salter, scorer of Brighton’s excellent opener, added: “That was something Adrian (Colunga) and I have talked about before and tried in training. He saw me and then he delivered a good ball.

“Norwich were reacting to the way we played and countered on us when we lost the ball. I suppose it was a good point but I felt we could have won the game.”

Follow Michael Bailey on Twitter @michaeljbailey

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