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Summary

  1. Two Pritchard shots hit post and go in off Stockdale's back
  2. Murray has header cleared off line for visitors
  3. Brighton needed to win to secure the title
  4. Seagulls already promoted with three games left

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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Brighton miss the chance to seal the deal

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But that otherwise includes our coverage of tonight's match at Carrow Road. Many thanks for joining us, it's been a blast.

If you're missing us already, here's James Law's rather fine report of everything you might've missed...

David Stockdale

Norwich City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Goalkeeper David Stockdale scores two own goals as Brighton lose at Norwich to miss out on sealing the Championship title.

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Coming up on Monday...

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  • Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

And, last but not least, the weekend's final game in the EFL sees promotion-chasing Newcastle United play Preston North End.

As I said a few moments ago, there is a chance the Magpies could join Brighton in sealing promotion to the top flight if things fall kindly for them before Monday.

We'll just have to wait and see on that score.

Coming up on Sunday...

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  • Aston Villa v Birmingham (12:00 BST)

This looks a tasty little fixture, doesn't it? Birmingham City, with Harry Redknapp at the helm, will be hoping to secure a vital three points in their fight against Championship relegation.

Not that former Blues boss Steve Bruce is planning to do his old employers any favours, mind you...

Steve Bruce

Villa boss Bruce desperate to beat Blues

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce does not want to see old club Birmingham City go down but is keen to win Sunday's derby.

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Coming up on Saturday...

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  • Brentford v QPR
  • Bristol City v Barnsley
  • Burton v Leeds
  • Huddersfield v Fulham
  • Nottm Forest v Reading
  • Rotherham v Ipswich
  • Sheff Wed v Derby
  • Wigan v Cardiff
  • Wolves v Blackburn

We've got nine Championship fixtures to tuck into on Saturday, with plenty to play for at both ends of the table. Wigan, in fact, could even be relegated tomorrow if results go against them.

We've also got a full programme of League One and League Two matches, with Swindon Town and Leyton Orient also facing the drop, while Bolton could seal promotion back to the second tier.

We'll have live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 14:00 BST.

How it stands...

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Championship top six
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Not that much changed tonight, but here's a quick look at the top six of the Championship table anyhow.

Brighton still have a couple of games left to seal the title. Newcastle, who face Preston on Monday, could actually be playing for promotion themselves if results go their way tomorrow.

And, speaking of tomorrow, here's what's coming up this weekend...

'We've got to challenge next season'

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We look on in envy at them, because they've done it all season. We've got to look at this performance tonight and hope we can do this more in the future. We've got to challenge next season.

Steven NaismithNorwich forward on Sky Sports

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I don't think that'll ever happen again - but I'll take the assists!

Alex PritchardNorwich midfielder on Sky Sports

FULL-TIME

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

David Stockdale
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Game over. Two David Stockdale own goals, three Norwich City points.

Brighton & Hove Albion will have to wait to secure the Championship title.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

I think I've enjoyed hearing about your goalkeeper hat-trick memories about as much as I have watching this second half. It's not been the best.

Just 60 seconds left.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

The 90 minutes are up, but we'll have three minutes of added time.

The Brighton fans are still cheery enough, at least...

Brighton
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Norwich 2-0 Brighton

I say dawdle, but Tomer Hemed just had half a chance to spark this game into life at last, breaking through down the middle and with Chuba Akpom alongside him and unmarked.

But, rather summing up Brighton's night, he over-runs it and the opportunity goes begging.

SUBSTITUTION

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James Maddison is on for Alex Pritchard as we continue to dawdle towards the final whistle.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

You can showboat when you're two or 3-0 up. Anthony Knockaert was showboating from the very start, in the wrong areas.

Warren AspinallEx-Brighton midfielder on BBC Sussex

Perhaps a little peep into why Brighton's star man was withdrawn with the best part of half an hour to go?

SUBSTITUTION

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The Canaries are cruising here, as Wes Hoolahan comes on for Josh Murphy.

Norwich, by the way, still haven't actually had a shot on target this evening.

Five minutes to go.

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A final Brighton change sees Glenn Murray come off for Chuba Akpom.

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David Stockdale
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We're into the final 10 minutes at Carrow Road, then.

A reminder, if you're joining us late, that two David Stockdale own goals are currently separating the two teams.

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Norwich are back on the ball now, though, again pinging it around and keeping Brighton at arm's length.

I've no doubt the Seagulls would spark into life if they are able to pull one back, but it has felt a bit after the Lord Mayor's show from the Premier League new boys tonight.

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That's a bit more like it from Glenn Murray, who spins on the corner of the penalty area and sends a rasping drive towards the near post of John Ruddy's goal, albeit just fizzing over the Canaries crossbar.

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Evan Pritchard: Beeb, you should be a bit jealous. It's lovely day here in Winnipeg. Go Norwich! A Newcastle Supporter

It's alright for some, Evan, that's for sure! And I've just got so much time for these two little tales...

Jay Singh-Gelling: Our U13 goalie once scored a hat trick of ogs. He had refused to wear keeper gloves and sported Gabor Kiraly-esque trackies 

Abi Goulding: I used to play in goal for my university, and one match we lost 15-0. I probably managed to score an own-goal hat-trick somehow... 

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... Which also means these scarves, photographed earlier this week, are going to have to be shelved for a little longer.

Aside from being a bit premature, does anyone else get bugged when "Premiership" is used instead of "Premier League"?

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The set-piece is so, so poor from Dale Stephens though, completely overhit and drifting out of play.

We're into the final 20 minutes and it's certainly not looking like a night of title celebrations for Brighton as it stands.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

The Brighton fans offer a rendition of "there's only one Chrissy Hughton", as the Seagulls boss comes to the edge of his technical area to wave his troops forward.

The away side have a free-kick in the Norwich half.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

It's all gone a bit flat after a pretty exciting opening 15 minutes of the second half. That said, just as I type Josh Murphy latches onto a neat pass from Alex Pritchard and forces a Norwich corner...

... Which Brighton clear comfortably.

SUBSTITUTIONS

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Brighton
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Some changes to tell you about - and one is probably a wee bit surprising.

Oliver Norwood and Championship Player of the Year Anthony Knockaert are withdrawn for Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed.

We're into the final half an hour and still Brighton trail to those David Stockdale own goals.

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Jose Luis Chilavert
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Ah yes, how could I forget? He's pictured here taking a free-kick for Paraguay against Spain and, as you've all rightly pointed out, Jose Luis Chilavert is probably the highest-profile goalkeeper to score a hat-trick.

All three of his goals were penalties as his Velez Sarsfield side thrashed rivals Ferro Carril Oeste 6-1 in an Argentinian league game.

Good work, team.

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Brighton
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The Seagulls are really going for it here. Another Brighton corner comes in from Oliver Norwood and this time it reaches the head of Glenn Murray, who keeps his effort down and on target - but Jonny Howson scoops it up off the line.

Very, very close.

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This game is becoming more and more stretched, as Brighton look to throw caution to the wind.

They might have themselves a goal back too as Jamie Murphy gets clear down the left and delivers a brilliant cross, but Glenn Murray checked his run and the chance goes begging.

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At the other end, Solly March gets clear down the left and wins a corner for the Seagulls - but Oliver Norwood's corner is unconvincing and it's cleared away.

Norwich then launch a counter attack and in the blink of an eye have themselves a three-on-two situation, though Alex Pritchard is forced a little wide by the pass and his effort is blocked.

That's a bit more like it, both.

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David Stockdale
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Poor old David Stockdale. He's getting barrel loads from the Norwich supporters behind his goal, who give out a massive cheer as the ball is passed back to the Brighton keeper. This could be a long half for the 31-year-old.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

Straight away the home side are on the attack, with Josh Murphy beating the offside trap and then going down under a challenge in the area - but the referee isn't interested.

To his credit, Murphy didn't appeal.

KICK-OFF

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Right then, let's get cracking again. Brighton, in blue and white, get the second half under way.

David Stockdale, by the way, has received a brilliant reception from the Norwich fans after coming back out for the second period.

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Chris Hughton
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Back to tonight, who reckons the title hunt is still on for Brighton? Some wise words will be needed from Chris Hughton at half-time, facing his former side this evening, if they are to leave Carrow Road with the big prize.

The second half is just a few moments away...

Still to come this weekend...

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The Championship fun doesn't stop here, of course, because we've got some absolutely belting fixtures for you this weekend.

Tomorrow it's really all about the Championship relegation battle, with Wigan on the verge of the drop and follow strugglers Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Burton and Bristol City also all in action.

On Sunday, another struggler Birmingham City - now under Harry Redknapp - face local rivals Aston Villa in the second city derby.

And, on Monday, promotion hopefuls Newcastle host Preston.

Make sure you join us on the BBC Sport website for live text commentary of every minute!

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Daniel Potter: If Stockdale scores another own goal does he keep the match ball?

Rebecca Tompkins: What price the hat trick? 

Stephen Noakes: Not many keepers have been on for a hat-trick before

Oh, you lot are cruel! On the subject of goalkeeping hat-tricks, do any of you stattos out there know if that has actually ever been done before?...

HALF-TIME

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Alex Pritchard
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The home side are ahead at half-time thanks to two Alex Pritchard shots, both of which came off the woodwork, hit Brighton keeper David Stockdale in the back and gone into the goal.

Two stranger goals in the same game you won't have seen this season.

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Norwich are stroking the ball around, just easing their way towards the interval. What a half this has been for Alan Irvine's men.

Norwich 2-0 Brighton

The Norwich fans are singing about Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale at the moment. I can't quite make out what they're saying, which is probably not a bad thing for Stockdale, but it's his brace of own goals currently separating the sides.

There'll be two minutes added on at the end of the half.

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Norwich lead 2-0 and haven't had a shot on target. Go figure.

We're marching towards the final stages of this opening period. Can Brighton grab a goal back before the break?

Stockdale scores a second own goal

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Norwich
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This is utterly bizarre. Utterly, utterly bizarre.

Alex Pritchard has the ball on the edge of the Brighton box again, sends a shot rattling against the Brighton woodwork again, and sees that shot come off the back of David Stockdale and trickle in - again!

This time it's a curling effort towards the post, but for the same thing to happen to the same two players in the same game is quite remarkable.

GOAL: Norwich 2-0 Brighton

David Stockdale OG

David Stockdale
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Wow, wow, wow. You are just not going to believe this...