Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League is guaranteed, but their wait to lift the Championship trophy will have to go on that bit longer.
Chris Hughton’s side are in action against Norwich at Carrow Road, in a game that would seal first place for the Seagulls if they emerge with three points.
However, the match is not going at all to plan, as two goals from goalkeeper David Stockdale have put the visitors 2-0 down. That being said, neither goal was the fault of the 31-year-old, and both were scored in eerily similar circumstances.
Brighton found themselves behind to the Canaries on 18 minutes, as midfielder Alex Pritchard’s shot struck the post, only to rebound off the unlucky goalkeeper and into the net.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, history was to repeat itself five minutes before half time – again a shot from Pritchard, again off the post, again in via Stockdale:
Brighton look set to leave Norwich without the trophy, but may not have to wait much longer to be crowned champions. In fact, they may be guaranteed top spot without having to kick another ball, as if Newcastle lose to Preston on Monday night (or fail to beat Cardiff next Friday) then Chris Hughton will be a Championship winner twice over.
Despite the potential defeat, meanwhile, Brighton fans are still in party mode having sealed promotion to the Premier League earlier this week.
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