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Memorable Match: Norwich City 6-1 Coventry City

26 November 2020

Ahead of this weekend’s game against the Sky Blues, we’ve taken a look back at the previous meeting between Norwich City and Coventry City.

Norwich City 6-1 Coventry City
August 23, 2016
EFL Cup Round Two
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

Naturally, a place in the third round of the EFL Cup. In terms of form, Norwich had begun the season well and were unbeaten up to this point.

In fact, two days earlier City had just drawn 1-1 with Ipswich Town to make it eight points from the opening 12 in the Championship.

As for Coventry, Tony Mowbray’s side were in League One at the time and were yet to get their first win in the division.

However, they had beaten Portsmouth 3-2 at Fratton Park in the first round of the EFL Cup.

How the game unfolded

In a relatively routine first half in front of just over 10,000 fans at Carrow Road, Kyle Lafferty and Sergi Canos got on the score sheet to give Norwich a 2-0 lead going into the break.

But Ruben Lameiras pulled one back for the visitors with a penalty kick, conceded by Harry Toffolo, 11 minutes into the second half to give the tie an aura of uncertainty that evaporated almost instantly.

Russell Martin made it 3-1 to Norwich just two minutes later, before Jacob Murphy put the Canaries convincingly ahead.

Canos got his second with ten minutes to go, before youngster Ben Godfrey got his first goal on his debut for the club late on.

Norwich City XI: Jones, Bassong, Toffolo, Martin, Whittaker (Godfrey 65’), Andreu, Maddison, Murphy (Murphy 65’), Thompson, Canos, Lafferty (Mulumbu 74’)
Unused substitutes: McGovern, Turner, Grant, Morris

What happened next?

Norwich beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park in the third round before losing to Leeds United on penalties in the fourth.

In the league, the Canaries went on to finish eighth in the Championship, Alan Irvine taking over from Alex Neil in mid-March.

For Coventry, 2016-17 wasn’t a season their fans will remember fondly. 25 defeats saw them finish 23rd and relegated to League Two.

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