As Norwich City travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Wednesday night’s FA Cup fifth round fixture (7:45pm kick-off), we’ve taken a look back on a memorable fifth round victory.
The tie in question was against Notts County back in February 1992. Dave Stringer’s Canaries weren’t enjoying the most luxurious League campaign in the final First Division season, but were finding good form in the FA Cup, beating Barnsley and Millwall in the build-up.
Norwich City 3-0 Notts County
15 February, 1992
FA Cup fifth round
How the game unfolded
City opened the scoring first in the game, after Chris Sutton tapped a short-range rebound home past Notts County’s ‘keeper, giving the Canaries the lead in the first-half, much to the joy of the Carrow Road crowd.
Not long after in the same half, David Phillips felt like joining the scoring. The midfielder etched his name on the scoresheet with a neat side footed effort to the ‘keeper's near post, after picking up a long-ball effortlessly, taking the tally to two before the 45-minute mark.
As the game reached the end of the first-half, Notts County weren’t looking in their best shape, the two early goals for City clearly left its mark. Sutton wasn’t done with his scoring for the afternoon however, heading in a cross with ease after being left unmarked in the 18-yard box to round off the scoring.
What happened next?
With the victory over Notts County, City progressed through to the quarter-finals of the tournament, drawing up against fellow First Division side Southampton. The fixture against the Saints was City’s first away game in their cup campaign, forcing a replay back at Carrow Road after a 0-0 draw with the side.
The replay was a lot livelier than at The Dell, however. The game went to extra-time after the Canaries came from behind to level the scoring, Sutton going on to find the winner that would send them through to the semi-finals of the Cup in the additional minutes.
The semi-finals would be the end for the Canaries however, after they lost out to Sunderland 1-0 to end their cup hopes for that season.