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Title-chasing Brighton rocked by freakish own goals

Title-chasing Brighton rocked by freakish own goals
By Reuters

21/04/2017 at 22:08

Brighton and Hove Albion's hopes of winning the Championship title suffered a bizarre setback on Friday when they lost 2-0 at Norwich City with two own goals off goalkeeper David Stockdale's back.

Each goal came from shots by Alex Pritchard which fizzed back off the woodwork and on to the keeper. The result denied Brighton, who are already guaranteed promotion to the Premier League, the win they needed to clinch first place ahead of Newcastle United.

Ironically, Pritchard almost joined Brighton from Tottenham Hotspur last year before deciding to sign for Norwich on the eve of the season.

David Stockdale of Brighton and Hove Albion lays on the floor after scoring his first own goal of the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road on April 21, 2017 in Norwich, England.

David Stockdale of Brighton and Hove Albion lays on the floor after scoring his first own goal of the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road on April 21, 2017 in Norwich, England.Getty Images

Brighton supporters responded by booing the midfielder from the start at Carrow Road but he silenced them with unstoppable shots on 18 and 39 minutes, the first rebounding off Stockdale after striking the crossbar and the second finding the net in almost identical fashion after coming back off the upright.

Stockdale had no chance with either strike and was left shaking his head in disbelief.

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Brighton remained seven points ahead of Newcastle and next play Bristol City at home on April 29. They will have won the title by then if Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side lose either of their next two games.

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