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Naismith Sent Off As Canaries Hold On For 3-3 Draw At Leeds

Leeds United saw their play-off hopes all but disappear, despite coming from three goals down to draw with Norwich.

Steven Naismith who was both saint and sinner over the course of 90 minutes found the top corner from 25 yards after 28 minutes and Nelson Oliveira tapped in on 34 minutes to give Norwich a 2-0 lead.

Oliveira curled in a third before Chris Wood poked in just before the half time whistle to give Leeds a lifeline.

Kyle Bartley bundled home, Pablo Hernandez curled in a free-kick and Naismith was sent off but Fulham's draw with Brentford leaves Leeds seventh, three points and 13 goals adrift.

Although Brentford ended Fulham's four-match winning streak, Garry Monk's side will finish outside the play-offs in seventh place, barring a 14-goal swing in the final round of fixtures.

The home side were behind after 28 minutes when Naismith found space and thumped a shot past goalkeeper Robert Green into the top corner from range.

Oliveira further dented Leeds' hopes when he tapped in after a wonderful run from Josh Murphy, but the Portuguese striker spurned a chance a minute later when he put a shot wide having been found by Alex Pritchard.

However, Oliveira did not make a mistake the second time, curling home after Jonny Howson's run and pass before Wood volleyed in Stuart Dallas' ball to make it 3-1 before the break.

Leeds continued their comeback when Bartley scrambled the ball over the line after Norwich failed to clear a corner and following two great chances for Oliveira, Leeds found the equaliser.

Hernandez curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from 20 yards before Naismith received a straight red card in the 89th minuted for dangerous tackle on Ronaldo Vieira for which Alan Irvine had no complaints in his post match interview, but despite threatening Leeds couldn't find a winner in added time.

Leeds Vs Norwich - Norwich City Team Confirmed

TEAM: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Bennett, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Naismith, Pritchard, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira

SUBS: Jones (GK), Whittaker, Jerome, Wildschut, Ja. Murphy, Klose, Maddison.

Dissapointing to see Maddison only on th ebench given the run of very average performances from Naismith in recent weeks

The positive news though is that Klose is returning to fitness and is on the bench today

Transfer Rumour: Preston & Charlton Interested In Permanent Move For Declan Rudd

The 26-year-old City Academy product is currently on loan at Charlton, where his mind has been focussed on keeping the Addicks away from the relegation zone.

Rudd has started 39 games for Karl Robinson’s team, but with the season drawing to a close he finds himself in a somewhat complicated situation.

He hasn’t spoken to Robinson about his future, while there is no coach in situ at Carrow Road following Alex Neil’s departure and the restructuring that has seen Stuart Webber arrive as sporting director.

The futures of John Ruddy and Michael McGovern are also unclear: the club must decide whether to take up the option on Ruddyapparently one of the highest earners at the club – as they will with Rudd – while McGovern hasn’t set Carrow Road alight since his arrival last summer.

Asked about his future, Rudd said: “I wish I could tell you, but the gaffer hasn’t even spoken to me yet. Norwich haven’t got a manager at the minute so there’s not really much going on there.

“I’ve had my head in this run we’ve had to make sure we don’t go down as a club.

“I will think about my future when the season’s finished. We still have three games to go and they are important games because we need to start building for next season now and if we can go into that with some good results behind us the momentum will be there and hopefully we’ll be in a better position.”

Preston are reported to be keen to take Rudd back following previous very successful loan spells at Deepdale and Robinson is also keen to sign him on a permanent deal.

“It’s nice to hear that,” Rudd added. “Every player wants to be wanted by a club. Sometimes it can play on the back of your mind if you let it get to you.

“To be honest I like to keep all that out and concentrate on the football because that’s where you do your talking as a player. You can speak to managers and speak to clubs but if you are not doing it out on the pitch you aren’t going to get anywhere.

“So I’ve been trying to concentrate as much as I can and when the last three games are over it will be time to sit down and see what my options are.”

Transfer Rumour: Rangers Interested In Norwich's Maddison

Scottish giants Rangers could make a move for Norwich City outcast James Maddison, according to the Scotsman.

The 20-year-old winger has been away from Carrow Road during a loan spell with Aberdeen, and has impressed in the main during what has been a good season for the Dons in the SPL.

However, it now appears that it is Rangers who want to sign the midfielder as they look to improve their squad for next season and close the gap on local Glasgow rivals Celtic.

Maddison was signed by Norwich for a big fee less than two years ago from Coventry City, but has since failed to hold down a regular place in the Norwich side, hence his loan move to Aberdeen this year to get some vital game time under his belt.

With the player due to turn 21 next season, regular first team football could be vital for him, and is not something he is going to be guaranteed at Norwich in the immediate future at least.

Transfer Rumour: Rangers Plotting Summer Swoop For Norwich City's Graham Dorrans

According to reports in the Scottish Sun today, Glasgow Rangers are tracking Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans as they weigh up a summer swoop, the influential central midfielder is at Norwich City where he is under contract until 2019 but the Gers are hopeful of him being allowed to move on.

SunSport can reveal the one-time Scotland international has emerged as a signing target for Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha.

Dorrans, 29, looks set to be shown the door from Carrow Road at the end of the season after two years at the club.

And Rangers have been alerted to the possibility of snapping up the Glaswegian — a lifelong Gers fan.

They sent new No3 Jonatan Johansson to watch Dorrans in action against Preston on Monday with the midfielder scoring in a 3-1 win.

Brighton miss the chance to secure the title as David Stockdale concedes two own goals in defeat to Norwich

Even two own goals by keeper David Stockdale could not stop Brighton fans from enjoying a mini-promotion party, even if they will have to wait to be crowd champions.

Norwich would have been the ideal place for Hughton to clinch the title after being sacked by Norwich three years and three weeks ago.

While it is fair to say the majority of the Carrow Road crowd had turned against Hughton, there were some who thought he might have saved them – it is irrelevant really, as the Canaries got relegated anyway.

Hughton is too dignified a man to gloat, but he would not be human if he did not enjoy this season’s success, and at the same time putting one over Newcastle who also dispensed with his service, perhaps too prematurely.

It wasn’t to be though as Norwich enjoyed all the luck and Albion will have to wait to clinch the Championship title, with Newcastle still just about in the hunt.

City did not have a shot on target in the first half, yet were two goals to the good after Alex Pritchard twice hit the woodwork and the ball went in off David Stockdale. Each time.

Nearly 3,000 travelling Seagull supporters created a carnival atmosphere clad in the blue and white of their team and did not stop cheering their Premier League team-to-be even when losing.

Norwich threatened to spoil the party within five minutes when Jonny Howson played in in a tantalising low cross, but Nelson Oliveira was a stud’s length away from connecting in the six-yard box.

Albion fans could not help but have a dig at City winger Alex Pritchard, who turned down a move to Brighton in favour of Norwich last summer.

Pritchard made them pay in the 18th minute when he helped put the home side ahead with a sizzling strike, which resulted in an own goal.

Josh Murphy made a strong run into Albion territory and the ball fell to Pritchard, whose shot came back off the crossbar and hit keeper David Stockdale on the back before going into the net.

Brighton’s influential Anthony Knockaert clashed with Graham Dorrans in the build up both were booked after going head to head.

If that goal ruffled the Seagulls’ feathers then City’s remarkable second, six minutes before the break, put them into a total tail spin.

In an amazing twist, Pritchard hit a side-footed curling shot from 20 yards after taking another pass from Murphy, the effort hit a post and rebounded back off Stockdale and into the net for yet another own goal.

Conceding one goal like that is pretty unfortunate, to have it happen twice when you are chasing a title is sheer bad luck.

To make it worse Brighton had a shout for penalty moments earlier when Murphy went over Dorrans, but referee Tim Robinson was well-placed to turn down the appeals.

Brighton also had a couple of decent chances before trailing by two, with Jamie Murphy nodding a Solly March cross over the bar when unmarked in the box, while a Steve Sidwell cross found an unmarked Uwe Hunemeier but his header was saved buy a perfectly positioned John Ruddy.

City fans gave Stockdale an ironic cheer and round of applause when he took up his position for the second half, with the Brighton keeper on a unique hat-trick.

It was City who had to do most of the defending again, with Howson clearing off the line, twice in quick succession, to deny Glenn Murray.

Hughton tried to add more pressure and made a double substation with Tamer Hemed and Dale Stephens going in in place of Norwood and an unusually quiet Knockaert.

It’s not the first time Brighton have been undone by own goals, back in February 2012, Liverpool beat them 6-1 at Anfield with help from two own goals by Liam Bridcutt and one from Lewis Dunk, who was also centre half tonight.

It was a small revenge for Norwich who were hammered 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Amex, although that was under previous manager Alex Neil.

Transfer Rumour: Rangers Plotting Summer Swoop For Norwich's Graham Dorrans

RANGERS are tracking Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans as they weigh up a summer swoop, the influential central midfielder is at Norwich City where he is under contract until 2019 but the Gers are hopeful of him being allowed to move on.

SunSport can reveal the one-time Scotland international has emerged as a signing target for Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha.

Dorrans, 29, looks set to be shown the door from Carrow Road at the end of the season after two years at the club.

And Rangers have been alerted to the possibility of snapping up the Glaswegian — a lifelong Gers fan.

They sent new No3 Jonatan Johansson to watch Dorrans in action against Preston on Monday with the midfielder scoring in a 3-1 win.

Norwich Vs Brighton - Starting Line Up

Once change in the starting 11 from the win away at Preston with Oliveira coming in for Jerome, Maddison on the bench again following his succesful cameo on Monday

Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Bennett, Dijks; Dorrans, Howson; Naismith, Pritchard, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira.

McGovern (GK), Whittaker, Jerome, Hoolahan, Ja. Murphy, Tettey, Maddison.