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Memorable Match: Norwich City 4-1 Burnley

16 July 2020

With Burnley travelling to Carrow Road on Saturday, we’ve taken a look back at the Clarets’ previous visit to NR1 for today’s Memorable Match.

This one took place in the FA Cup Third Round, with City a Premier League side and Burnley in the Championship.

Norwich City 4-1 Burnley
7 January, 2012
FA Cup Third Round
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

Naturally, a place in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup! City were ninth in the Premier League, full of confidence going into this game after starting the season well.

Meanwhile, Burnley were tenth in the Championship, looking for a good result to kick-on and push for the play-offs.

It was the first FA Cup game for both sides that season and Paul Lambert’s Canaries were no doubt keen to take it seriously having been knocked out of the League Cup in a 4-0 loss at home to Milton Keynes Dons the August prior.

How the game unfolded

City got off to a brilliant start, Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson both scoring powerful headers to put the hosts 2-0 up inside just twelve minutes.

Burnley responded quickly, however, Jay Rodgriguez pulling one back in the 15th minute to make things interesting.

Holt v Burnley.jpg

The scoreline may flatter Norwich then, given that the margin of their lead was only one until the 60th minute, when Andrew Surman buried a shot into the bottom right corner to ease the pressure.

Steve Morison put the result beyond doubt completely when he made it 4-1 in the 73rd minute, two minutes after being substituted on, subsequently sending City through to the Fourth Round, where they would face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Norwich City XI: Rudd (GK), Whitbread, Ayala, Martin, Drury, Crofts, Fox, Hoolahan (Bennett 77’), Surman, Holt (Wilbraham 71’), Jackson (Morison 71’)
Unused substitutes: Steer (GK), Barnett, Johnson, Lappin

What happened next?

In the FA Cup, City beat West Brom 2-1 in the Fourth Round, Holt and Jackson on the scoresheet again in the West Midlands.

The Fifth Round was as far as City could go, losing 2-1 at home to Leicester City in February 2012.

In the league, City continued to have an impressive season, ultimately finishing twelfth in the top flight, while Eddie Howe’s Burnley ended up 13th in the Championship.

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