We’ve met before: Just what the Doc ordered as Grant Holt and Gary Doherty strike late to earn Norwich City the points at Brighton

Gary Doherty celebrates after his winning goal at Brighton in February 2010.
Picture: Alex Broadway

Gary Doherty celebrates after his winning goal at Brighton in February 2010. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Norwich City's recent history against Brighton isn't bad at all – as long as you can close your eyes tightly enough and try and ignore the first meeting of the current season.

Elliott Bennett has his boot high in a challenge with City's Korey Smith. Picture: Alex Broadway/Fo

Elliott Bennett has his boot high in a challenge with City's Korey Smith. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

A 5-0 thrashing last October really did tip City over the edge as far as their dreadful away form is concerned: City went on to pick up just six away points from a possible 39. Before that game they had taken 11 from 21. The Bank Holiday Monday win at Preston doesn't disguise the fact that City have been appalling away from home.

However, if you want to feel a little better and remember an era when City could win away from home with joyful regularity, then cast your minds back to the heady days of the 2009-2010 season, when everything was rosy in the garden.

Paul Lambert took his City side down to Brighton and their former home at the Withdean Stadium. City had already thumped Brighton 4-1 at Carrow Road three months earlier, but this was a different story.

Brighton were ahead after 21 minutes through a free-kick by Elliott Bennett – who would go on to join City in the summer of 2011.

Wes Hoolahan tries to find a way between the challenges of Elliott Bennett and Glenn Murray. Picture

Wes Hoolahan tries to find a way between the challenges of Elliott Bennett and Glenn Murray. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Brighton looked on the way to easing their relegation troubles, but the game was turned on its head in the final 10 minutes. First, Grant Holt levelled on 80 minutes, firing home after a cross by Wes Hoolahan.

Then, four minutes later, Gary Doherty headed home Darel Russell's free-kick from close range.

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It was a win which extended City's lead at the top to four points – and come the end of the season they were waving goodbye to League One as champions.

Gary Dicker tries to find a way around City's Anthony McNamee. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Gary Dicker tries to find a way around City's Anthony McNamee. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Overall record (all competitions)

Norwich 32 wins – 24 draws – Brighton 30 wins

Chris Martin sees his shot saved. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Chris Martin sees his shot saved. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Korey Smith holds off Brighton's Glenn Murray. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Korey Smith holds off Brighton's Glenn Murray. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Grant Holt with referee Dean Whitestone. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Grant Holt with referee Dean Whitestone. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Darel Russell tangles with Brighton striker Glenn Murray. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Darel Russell tangles with Brighton striker Glenn Murray. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Michael Nelson clears a shot off the line. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Michael Nelson clears a shot off the line. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Which way to go? Korey Smith, left, and Andrew Crofts, who later became a Norwich City player. Pictu

Which way to go? Korey Smith, left, and Andrew Crofts, who later became a Norwich City player. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Grant Holt celebrates his equaliser. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Grant Holt celebrates his equaliser. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Gary Doherty heads home the winner in a 2-1 victory over Brighton in February 2010. Picture: Alex Br

Gary Doherty heads home the winner in a 2-1 victory over Brighton in February 2010. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

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