With Norwich City travelling to the Deepdale Stadium for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie (3.01pm KO), we’ve taken a look back at one of our favourite matches at Preston.
It was almost three years ago that Alan Irvine’s Canaries came away from Preston with a 3-1 win in the Championship, a certain James Maddison getting his first goal for City.
Preston North End 1-3 Norwich City
17 April, 2017
How the game unfolded
Graham Dorrans got City going with their first goal in the 28th minute, after Alex Pritchard and Steven Naismith linked up to lay the ball off for Dorrans. He ran onto it and slammed his shot into the bottom right corner for 1-0.
Josh Murphy was next on the scoresheet for City after carrying the ball out of his own half. He then played it left for Mitchell Dijks, who crossed the ball into Cameron Jerome, but a deflection put it on a plate for Murphy to bury into the bottom left corner for 2-0.
Tommy Spurr offered the home side a sight back into the game with his header in the 67th minute, but Maddison came off the bench to put the result beyond doubt in the 90th. Latching onto a pass from Naismith, Maddison put the ball between Chris Maxwell’s legs to send the Norwich fans back to Norfolk with all three points.
Norwich City: Ruddy, Bennett, Dijks, Pinto, Martin, Howson, Pritchard (Maddison 79), Dorrans, Naismith, Jerome (Oliveira 79), Murphy
Subs not used: McGovern, Godfrey, Whittaker, Jacob Murphy, Wildschut
What happened next?
Norwich scored nine goals in their final three league games, winning two and drawing one, to finish the 2016-17 Championship in eighth place. Only Timm Klose, Alexander Tettey, Michael McGovern, Louis Thompson and Ben Godfrey remain in Daniel Farke’s squad today!
As for Preston, their season petered out to an 11th-placed finish, the defeat to City one of five games they lost in the last six matches of the season.
They came desperately close to promotion at the end of the 2017-18 season, finishing seventh and missing out on the playoffs by just two points to Derby County, before finishing 14th in the Championship last season.