Leandro Trossard’s winner nudged Norwich City nearer to relegation as Brighton all however ensured a fourth straight season within the Premier League with a uncommon away win.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke dropped Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell – his two main scorers – however the transfer backfired because the Premier League’s backside membership mustered only one severe try on course.
Belgian winger Trossard settled a scrappy match with a sensible end, sweeping house Aaron Mooy’s excellent supply in what was Brighton’s first real assault.
Nineteen-year-old substitute Adam Idah was denied an equaliser when he headed towards the publish in stoppage time.
Norwich stay backside of the desk, seven factors from security with 5 video games left, whereas Brighton’s third away win of the season lifts them 9 factors above the relegation zone.
Farke’s daring modifications backfire
This was a must-win recreation if Norwich had been to revive their fading hopes of staying within the Premier League. Instead they fell to a fifth straight league defeat with out scoring.
They can nonetheless attain 36 factors, and 17th-placed Watford have 28 factors. But it’s exhausting to see the place their subsequent aim – by no means thoughts win – goes to return from.
This was the primary of three successive matches towards groups in or simply above the relegation zone but Farke opted to start out with out Pukki and Cantwell for his facet’s fifth match in 15 days.
Finland ahead Pukki has scored 11 of his crew’s 25 league objectives this season, however none in his previous 10 league and cup video games, whereas midfielder Cantwell has additionally chipped in with some key objectives, together with efforts towards Manchester City, Arsenal and Wolves.
Farke mentioned the modifications had been to clean up the facet after an error-ridden 4-Zero midweek defeat at Arsenal however there was a definite familiarity to the best way his crew huffed and puffed with out creating a lot.
Cuban ahead Onel Hernandez was vigorous with out testing keeper Mat Ryan, whereas Republic of Ireland Under-21 ahead Idah was solely denied by a publish within the dying moments.
In two of their ultimate three video games earlier than soccer was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Norwich beat Leicester within the Premier League and Tottenham on penalties within the FA Cup.
Since the restart, they’ve did not register a single level and are going backwards.
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