Norwich City are back on the road as they travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday (3pm KO).
In our Memorable Match we’re turning the clocks back four years to the start of the 2016-2017 season, when Rovers and the Canaries faced off on the opening game of the campaign.
Blackburn Rovers 1-4 Norwich City
August 6, 2016
What was on the line?
Their first game back in the Championship after Premier League relegation, City had a point to prove on their return to the second division. In terms of points, however, very little was at stake, due to this being the very first game of the season.
For Blackburn Rovers, it was more or less the same. Having finished 15th in the 2015-2016 season, every point mattered in their bid to move up the table by the end of this campaign.
How the game unfolded
The Canaries started this game strongly, Jacob Murphy firing a 25-yard shot past Jason Steele in the 12th minute for his first goal for the club.
City legend Wes Hoolahan then got in on the scoring, his quick feet finding space in the Rovers box and nestling the ball into the bottom corner just five minutes later.
Running riot in the first half, Cameron Jerome then found the Canaries' third goal, knocking in Ivo Pinto’s cross at the far post by the 25th minute.
Steven Naismith found City’s fourth and final goal in the second half, sticking Hoolahan’s nutmeg pass into the bottom corner.
Anthony Stokes found Blackburn’s consolation goal in the 67th minute, heading Liam Feeney’s cross into the back of the net, seeing the game end 4-1 in favour of the Canaries.
Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett, Klose, Olsson (Whittaker, 53), Tettey, Howson (Mulumbu, 77), Murphy, Naismith, Hoolahan (Pritchard, 80), Jerome
Unused substitutes: Bassong, Lafferty, Josh Murphy, McGovern
What happened next?
The Canaries went on to finish just outside of the play-offs, ending with 70 points at eighth-place.
For Blackburn, it was heartbreak, being relegated to League One despite having picked up 51 points. To make things worse for Rovers, they were relegated on goal difference to Nottingham Forest.