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Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 Norwich City

Glenn Murray scores the opening goal for Brighton against Norwich
Glenn Murray has scored nine goals in 15 league games for Brighton

Glenn Murray's hat-trick helped Brighton extend their unbeaten Championship run to nine games with an impressive victory over Norwich.

The hosts took the lead when Murray dispossessed keeper Michael McGovern and slotted in to an empty net.

Jiri Skalak crossed for Murray to head in his second, before he picked out Lewis Dunk to nod in the third goal.

Murray tapped in to complete his hat-trick and Anthony Knockaert completed the rout with a fifth late on.

Norwich never seriously threatened the Brighton goal, mustering only two shots on target as the hosts kept their 10th clean sheet of the season - the most of any team in the top four tiers of English football this season.

The Canaries, meanwhile, have not kept a clean sheet in 12 league games, with goalkeeper McGovern at least partially at fault for three of the five Brighton goals.

Their form has seen them drop to fourth in the table after leading the division earlier in October.

Brighton are second, still three points behind leaders Newcastle.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"This is a big win, an unusual win. Come 15:00 BST next Saturday it'll be forgotten about.

"The significance of this game is that it is a very, very good victory against a top, top team. On Monday, all thoughts will be on our next game at Bristol City.

"The win is right up there with my best (Brighton victories); it would be silly of me to say anything different. It was against a top team who are pushing to try and achieve what we're trying to achieve."

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"Certain players have let themselves down and have not performed at anywhere near what they're capable of. I apologise to the fans.

"Now it is about getting into work and working as hard as you can. After the game, the players said more to each other than normal which is not a bad thing.

"It was my worst defeat as a manager - a humiliating defeat. The players need to try and play better it's as simple as that.

"We defended really well in the first half and up until the second goal it was a tight game. The way we ended the game I don't associate with my teams."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forMurphyat 90+3'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 14Sidwell
  • 8Skalak
  • 17MurrayBooked at 27minsSubstituted forHemedat 75'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forNorwoodat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 21Norwood

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 15Klose
  • 3OlssonBooked at 27mins
  • 4Dorrans
  • 27TetteyBooked at 71mins
  • 22MurphySubstituted forOliveiraat 67'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forNaismithat 74'minutes
  • 21PritchardBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBradyat 74'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 6Bassong
  • 7Naismith
  • 9Oliveira
  • 12Brady
  • 31Murphy
  • 34Thompson
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
29,469

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Norwich City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Bruno is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Norwich City 0. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Offside, Norwich City. Michael McGovern tries a through ball, but Nélson Oliveira is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Sam Baldock.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Robbie Brady replaces Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Steven Naismith replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Norwich City 0. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Offside, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Jacob Murphy.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Norwich City 0. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jacob Murphy.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Norwich City 0. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Huddersfield159151617-128
4Norwich158342624227
5Reading157441718-125
6Bristol City157352317624
7Sheff Wed157351617-124
8Birmingham146531916323
9Leeds157261615123
10Brentford156452114722
11Fulham155642118321
12Barnsley156272724320
13Preston156271919020
14QPR155461621-519
15Ipswich154651214-218
16Aston Villa143831414017
17Wolves154561718-117
18Burton154561820-217
19Derby15456911-217
20Nottm Forest154382429-515
21Cardiff154381323-1015
22Wigan153571416-214
23Blackburn153481523-813
24Rotherham1514101635-197
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