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18:14 7th January 2012


CITY marched into the fourth round of the FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser with a polished 4-1 victory over Championship side Burnley at Carrow Road.

Goals from Grant Holt and Simon Jackson put City in the driving seat in the first half, but Jay Rodriguez pulled one back to make it 2-1 at the break. In an eventful first half Holt also missed a penalty as City attacked with purpose.

But the Canaries turned in an excellent second-half display and further strikes from Andrew Surman and Steve Morison ensured Norwich will be in tomorrow's fourth round draw live on ITV1 at 5.40pm.

Lambert told Canaries Player after the game: "I thought we were very, very good and I am delighted to be through.

"Burnley are a good side and we had two very hard games against them last season. This one was no different and I thought we did very well to dominate the game.

"I think what the Premier League does is make you step up to the plate, and that showed. The lads were very sharp. We passed it really well, the tempo was great, and I'm delighted with everybody."

Lambert fielded a strong starting eleven, with young 'keeper Declan Rudd coming in for Ruddy, but otherwise a side full of experience.

The visitors made a lively start and Rudd was twice called upon to make diving saves in the opening three minutes, as he did well to keep out efforts from Charlie Austin and Rodriguez.

But City hit back and nearly went ahead when Surman played a neat one-two with Hoolahan before his shot was deflected behind off the sliding Burnley defender Ben Mee.

From the resulting corner they did go in front when the ball eventually fell to Hoolahan and his excellent cross from the left was firmly headed home by Holt in the sixth minute, his eighth goal of the season.

Six minutes later they had doubled their advantage with a similar goal, this time Drury crossing from the left flank for Jackson to plant an unstoppable header high into the net.

But any thoughts of a Canary cruise were soon curtailed as the visitors hit back with a header of their own, Rodriguez meeting Wallace's free-kick from the right with a looping effort from some way out which arced over Rudd and into the net.

City had a glorious chance to restore their two-goal cushion on the half-hour mark, when referee Mike Jones awarded a penalty after the ball struck the out-stretched arm of Austin in the area. Burnley felt it was more a case of ball to hand than an intentional handball - and they probably felt justice had been done when Holt uncharacteristically dragged his spot-kick wide of the post.

At the other end Daniel Ayala showed his class in the 42nd minute with a superb sliding block to deny Austin as he threatened to get a shot in from inside the six-yard box.

Norwich City 2, Burnley 1

Burnley made a change in the 52nd minute after Wallace collided with one of his team-mates in the centre circle, eventually hobbling off to be replaced Bartley.

Two minutes later City were left wondering how they weren't 3-1 up after a moment of pinball in the Burnley box. First Grant brilliantly palmed away Hoolahan's volley, then Holt slammed the rebound against the post and then when the ball fell to Jackson he missed from six yards.

But the Canaries were not to be denied and duly extended their lead on the hour, Jackson doing really well to help on Drury's pass into the path of Surman, who kept his cool to fire past Grant.

Norwich made a double substitution in the 70th minute, Morison and Wilbraham replacing Holt and Jackson in the City attack, while Stanislas came on for Austin for the visitors.

Not for the first time this season, Lambert's subs made an immediate and telling impact, as Wilbraham's neat shot on the turn was palmed into the path of Morison by Grant and the City striker bundled home his eighth of the season from close range.

Burnley made another change a few minutes later, Macdonald coming on for Amougou. City responded with their final change, Bennett replacing Hoolahan, but there were to be no more goals and City progressed into the Fourth Round.

Final score: Norwich City 4, Burnley 1

Norwich City:
Rudd, Martin, Drury, Whitbread, Crofts, Holt (c) (Wilbraham 70), Jackson (Morison 70), Surman, Hoolahan (Bennett 77), Fox, Ayala. Subs not used: Steer, Johnson, Lappin, Barnett.
Grant, McCann (c), Wallace (Bartley 52), Marney, Rodriguez, Paterson, Edgar, Amougou (Macdonald 75), Austin (Stanislas 70), Easton, Mee. Subs not used: Stewart, Hines, Treacy, Jackson.


Mike Jones

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