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
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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.
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.
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.
Overall record (all competitions)
Norwich 32 wins – 24 draws – Brighton 30 wins