An action-packed game saw Norwich City beat League One side Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 to progress through to the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup.
A hat-trick from Jordan Rhodes and a fourth from Tom Trybull was enough to secure the victory at Adams Park, despite the City defence being put under plenty of pressure in the second half.
Christoph Zimmerman and Emi Buendia were the only players to keep their starting place from Saturday’s 1-0 win away against Queens Park Rangers. Michael McGovern returned in goal with a back four of Felix Passlack, Ben Godfrey, Zimmerman and Ivo Pinto from right to left. Tom Trybull and Mario Vrancic played in the defensive midfield positions with an attacking three of Louis Thompson, Dennis Srbeny and Buendia behind Rhodes up-front.
Norwich got off to a strong start winning a corner in the opening minute after a good cross from Passlack across the box, however he was unable to find any City players and the ball was put out by the Wycombe defence.
They came close again moments later when City won a free kick just outside the box after Rhodes was brought down on the right. Vrancic’s delivery was met by Rhodes who tested the Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, but the Canary striker was flagged offside.
But it didn’t take long for City to get their first goal, with a cross from Buendia finding Rhodes who guided the ball into the back of the net in the 12th minute.
And the travelling fans were soon treated to a second, with Rhodes finding the top corner with a brilliant strike in the 15th minute.
Wycombe soon responded with a goal from Paris Cowan-Hall after the City defence were unable to clear a corner kick in the 18th minute.
City thought they had a third as Rhodes beat the goalkeeper and guided a low ball into the back of the net in the 34th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the referee awarded Wycombe a free-kick.
But City kept driving forward and were rewarded with another goal just before the end of the first half. Trybull’s header found the far corner of the net after a superb corner cross from Vrancic.
City picked up where they left off in the second half with two brilliant chances in the opening minutes. The first came from Passlack who met Pinto’s cross at the back post, but Allsop got down to make the save. Then came a chance for Srbeny who hit the crossbar from close range.
Rhodes got the hat-trick he deserved in the 52nd minute, flicking home a sublime pass from Buendia for his third and City’s fourth of the game.
Wycombe continued to put up a fight and in the 60th minute the game took a turn as the home side were awarded a penalty after Godfrey fouled Alex Samuel in the box. Sam Saunders took the chance for Wycombe and put the ball away from the spot.
The hosts followed their goal with a double substitution, with Matt Bloomfield off for Adebayo Akinfenwa and Darius Charles off for Michael Harriman.
Wycombe kept themselves in the game with a couple of good chances from Alex Samuel and Craig Mackail-Smith, but they were dealt with well by the City stopper.
Shortly after their hard work was rewarded with a third goal. A scramble in the area ended with Jason McCarthy bundling the ball home in the 75th minute to put his team back in the game.
City followed the goal with their first substitution, with Jamal Lewis coming on for Thompson. Wycombe then made their final change with Samuel making way for Scott Kashket.
City were put under plenty of pressure in the final 15 minutes but they weathered the storm and looked to secure a fifth with a great delivery from Passlack across the six-yard box, but his cross just evaded Srbeny at the far post.
Timm Klose was brought on for Buendia in the 86th minute, followed by City’s final change which saw Marco Stiepermann replace Dennis Srbeny.
The action continued right until the final minute with chances going from one end to the other, but City did enough to hold on to the win.