REVIEW: LEEDS 2-2 CITY AET (3-2 PENS)
NORWICH City were eliminated from the EFL Cup at the fourth round stage on Tuesday night, being beaten 3-2 on penalties by Leeds United following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
The visitors were the first to land a meaningful blow, going in front on 14 minutes when Alex Pritchard headed home Robbie Brady's cross to register his first goal for the Club.
City had chances to extend their lead as the first half wore on, but were punished for not taking those opportunities two minutes before the interval when Marcus Antonsson converted from close-range.
A tight second half saw the game move into extra-time, with United's numbers reduced to ten for the added half-hour with Lewie Coyle unable to continue after picking up a late injury.
Alex Neil's side initially made that numerical advantage count, going back in front a minute shy of the century-mark through Nelson Oliveira's firm header from an excellent Pritchard pick-out.
However, Chris Wood was on hand to tap home from deep inside the area early in the second period of extra-time to bring Leeds level, ultimately forcing a penalty shoot-out.
There, City were undone; converting just two of their five attempts before Ronaldo Vieira stepped up to end the contest by firing into the net to complete a 3-2 spot-kick victory for his side.
HOW THEY LINED UP
Alex Neil opted to rotate his squad in the EFL Cup once more, making eight changes as only Ryan Bennett, Alex Tettey and Robbie Brady remained from Saturday's defeat to Preston.
Brady shifted to left-back, moving into a defence which included youngster Ben Godfrey and Sebastien Bassong in front of John Ruddy in the Canaries' goal.
Louis Thompson joined Tettey in midfield, with Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy operating in the wide areas with support from Steven Naismith.
City's final alteration came in attack, with Nelson Oliveira given another EFL Cup start for the senior side in place of the rested Cameron Jerome.
On the bench, Academy defender Louis Ramsay was included for the first time, alongside the likes of Michael Turner, Sergi Canos and Carlton Morris.
The loss of Lewie Coyle to injury at the end of regulation time looked set to be a decisive moment, with United forced to play an extra half-hour with ten men.
At first, City exploited the extra space allowed to them; Nelson Oliveira peeling off his man at the back-post to meet Alex Pritchard's cross and put the away side on course for the next round.
However, Chris Wood's leveller just minutes into the second period of extra-time turned the tide as an energetic home support threw their weight behind the Yorkshire outfit.
Penalties were taken in front of the particularly boisterous Kop, and City's poor start to the shootout came at the ultimate cost.
WHAT IT MEANS
City's defeat, after going the distance, has a simple impact in its truest form - they are out of the EFL Cup at the fourth round stage.
Focus must now turn back to the Sky Bet Championship, with the Canaries' next test a tough fixture away at Brighton and Hove Albion on Satuday.
GOALS: United: Marcus Antonsson (43), Chris Wood (109) Canaries: Alex Pritchard (14), Nelson Oliveira (99)
LEEDS UNITED: Silvestri; Coyle, Bartley, Cooper, Berardi; Vieira, Grimes; Mowatt (Sacko, 76), Antonsson (Wood, 67), Roofe; Doukara (Phillips, 80). Subs not used: Green (GK), Ayling, O'Kane, Taylor.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Godfrey (Turner, 77), Bennett (c), Bassong, Brady; Tettey (Dorrans, 46), Thompson, Jo. Murphy (Canos, 71), Naismith, Pritchard; Oliveira. Subs not used: Jones (GK), Lafferty, Morris, Ramsay.
REFEREE: Andy Woolmer
City return to league action on Saturday when they visit Brighton in the Sky Bet Championship.