Within the first half of Norwich’s match against the Seagulls, two own goals had been scored by Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, both shots coming from Norwich midfielder Alex Pritchard.
The first of the two goals hit the crossbar, rebounding onto Stockdale’s back and then into the net at 18 minutes, and an almost identical shot happened again at 39 minutes in.
Chris Hughton, manager of Brighton & Hove Albion said: “That’s not something I have ever seen before. It happens from time to time, but not usually twice in one game.”
Brighton had already secured a place in the Premier League, yet even though neither shot from Norwich was on target, they still made sure Brighton couldn’t claim the Sky Bet Championship title just yet.
Norwich City interim boss, Alan Irvine said: “I thought we deserved to win, even though I have just been told that we didn’t have a single shot on target, unless you count the ones against the woodwork.”
After the match David Stockdale took to Twitter, able to mock his own misfortune, tweeting: “Walk under ladder. Break mirror. New shoes on table. Black cat crossed path. Unlucky OGS. Carlsberg do bad days after all.”
Newcastle are only 7 points behind Brighton so their game against Preston on Monday will determine whether they still have a chance of stealing the title.
In many respects, losing at Carrow Road isn’t the worst thing that could have happened to Brighton. With their next fixture at home to Bristol City next weekend, a win could bring them the title on home soil at the Amex in front of the Seagull’s faithful fans.
Norwich on the other hand are already planning ahead for next season, with the playoffs out of reach in the current campaign. However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Canaries, as the club have announced they will be making some major changes in the hope of reviving their goal of a return to the Premier League.
With former manager Alex Neil being sacked by the board of late, some significant changes have already been made, most crucially in the appointment of Stuart Webber as the club’s Sporting Director – a man who has made quite the impression.
Since making his move from Huddersfield Town, the 33 year old has proclaimed he will be making some drastic changes to the footballing side of things, having already taken the bold step of removing the likes of Ricky Martin from the recruiting department. With the season coming to a close, Webber will now be looking to shake up other areas, including the coaching and playing personnel.
In this sense, although City fans will have much to feel aggrieved about this season, it should be exciting times ahead for the rest of the year.