The devastation of Todd Cantwell after Norwich’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton sees the hope of survival disappear
Todd Cantwell was sitting alone when the field around him cleared … Norwich bodies dropped when their last real chance to fight relegation crumbled
- Norwich’s fight to stay in the Premier League seemed to end against Brighton
- The Canary Islands were defeated 1-0 by a strike by Leandro Trossard for the visitors
- Brighton barely showed their progress under Graham Potter, but had had enough
Thirty-three games and three long months of uncertainty, all distilled in three minutes. Deep in injury time on Carrow Road, Norwich substitute Adam Idah looked at the goal with a header.
The ball came down the inside of the far post and, like Brighton for much of this season, stayed right on the right side of the line. At least for the visitors.
At the last whistle, Norwich’s bodies fell as one. Boss Daniel Farke admitted that this was probably their last chance to fight relegation. Todd Cantwell sat alone while the field around him emptied.
Norwich’s response to the defeat to Brighton told all about their hopes to stay up this season
Todd Cantwell shone this season, but was devastated on the Carrow Road field afterwards
Brighton secured a major scrap victory as Leonardo Trossard’s strike
Meanwhile, the usually serene Graham Potter slipped the mask. Brighton’s wild parties illustrated how much this meant – not just for their season, but also for Potter’s own Project Restart. Leandro Trossard’s goal pretty much guaranteed safety and justified Brighton’s bet.
This screen barely highlighted the progress Potter has made since his appointment a year ago, but it took them 36 points – their last count last season.
Relegation seemed a real possibility when the season was halted. Seven runs in four games since the restart caused them to retire.
Graham Potter has made impressive strides with Brighton since closing ended
“The break came at the right time and allowed us to start almost again,” said defender Adam Webster. “We used it to think, take a break and distract ourselves from football.”
Webster said the past few months have also enabled the squad to build up their fitness and improve their shape. Perhaps it’s no surprise that a manager like Potter should take advantage of extra time with his players – even though much of that was through Zoom.
“This is the Premier League and it is difficult,” said Potter. “Especially if you switch from a previous coach and you try to change things.”
The hope is that with more time to learn its ways, Brighton can start looking up. More of the same in the recruiting department would help.