Brighton & Hove Albion moved nine points clear of the relegation zone with a crucial 1-0 win at rock-bottom Norwich City.
Leonardo Trossard made a run to the near post to guide Aaron Mooy’s low cross into the bottom corner in the 25th minute.
Daniel Farke controversially left out Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki but his changes failed to alleviate the pressure off Norwich.
Adam Idah headed Kenny McLean’s cross onto the post in the dying stages but Norwich stayed seven points adrift of safety.
Norwich started with a spring in their step by pushing high and dominating possession. They looked confident in the first two thirds of the pitch but lacked quality and conviction in the final third.
Onel Hernandez was a livewire down the left channel but lacked composure at the decisive moment. The winger was too erratic and squandered three chances during the first half.
Brighton started tentatively but grew in confidence as the first half reached the mid-way point. They broke the deadlock on 25 minutes after Timm Klose conceded possession cheaply inside his own half.
Neal Maupay collected the loose ball and set Aaron Mooy down the right channel with a measured through ball. The Norwich defence was caught on its heals and Leonardo Trossard cut across his marker to clip Mooy’s low cross into the far corner.
Josip Drmic was passive throughout his 67 minutes on the pitch. He looked completely out of his depth leading the line for the Canaries and Kenny McLean delivered a series of inviting crosses which went astray due to Drmic’s lack of awareness.
Daniel Farke responded by introducing a triple change with Cantwell, Pukki and Idah replacing Hernandez, Drmic and Ondrej Dudah respectively on 67 minutes.
The Canaries had a brief spell where they looked menacing going forward but a lack of final product was once again their kryptonite.
Brighton could’ve extended their lead in the second half with Dan Burn guiding the ball wide from a Mooy free-kick and Yves Bissouma stinging the palms of Tim Krul with a venomous effort from range.
Norwich had one final chance to equalize in the dying stages but Idah glanced his header from McLean’s cross onto the cheek of the post.
Norwich City (4-2-3-1): T Krul; M Aarons, T Klose, B Godfrey, J Lewis; A Tettey (M Vrancic 78′), O Duda (A Idah 67′); O Hernandez (T Cantwell 67′), K McLean, E Buendia; J Drmic (T Pukki 67′).
Subs not used: M McGovern, L Rupp, M Stiepermann, T Trybull, J Martin.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-3-1-2): M Ryan; T Lamptey (S Duffy 90 +5′), A Webster, L Dunk, D Burn; D Propper, A Mooy (Bernardo 72′), Y Bissouma (D Stephens 79′); L Trossard (A Mac Allister 79′); N Maupay, A Connolly (P Groβ 72′).
Subs not used: D Button, G Murray, S March, M Montoya.