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Memorable Match: Stoke City 0-1 Norwich City (September 2013)

24 November 2020

Norwich City travel to Stoke City for their latest Sky Bet Championship game.

Rewind the clock seven years, however, and the Canaries set out to topple the Potters in the Premier League.

Stoke City 0-1 Norwich City
September 29, 2013
Premier League
Britannia Stadium

What was on the line?

With it being relatively early in the season, both sides were looking to improve on mixed starts to the campaign. 

Stoke were 14th in the table with seven points from their opening six matches, however the Canaries were 17th with just one victory from their opening five.

How the game unfolded

The Canaries started brightly with Ryan Bennett crashing an effort off the crossbar before seeing his rebound saved by keeper Asmir Begovic.

Stoke managed just one attempt on target with Steven Nzonzi forcing keeper John Ruddy into a low save with his tame long-range effort.

The game faded away after a bright start, with Marc Wilson's booking for a reckless challenge on Ricky van Wolfswinkel the only incident of note in the rest of the opening half hour.

It took 32 minutes for Stoke to muster their first attempt on goal, with their erratic passing making it near impossible for them to mount any sustained pressure.

Marko Arnautovic went close for the hosts when he blazed a shot just wide of the angle, but moments later Stoke were behind.

Howson picked the ball up 25 yards out and his low strike dipped and swerved in front of Begovic who could not keep it out.

Snodgrass came close to doubling City's lead with a curling shot on the spin in the second-half that was superbly kept out at full stretch by Begovic.

It was the last action of a lacklustre encounter as Norwich picked up their first away victory of the season

Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Bennett, Turner, Martin, Olsson, Tettey, Fer, Howson, Pilkington (Whittaker, 83), Snodgrass, Van Wolfswinkel (Elmander, 76)
Unused substitutes: Bunn, Hoolahan, Johnson, Hooper, Jo. Murphy

What happened next?

City went on to record their second successive mid-table finish in the Premier League after promotion in 2011. They ended up finishing 11th.

Stoke finished two places behind the Canaries in 13th.


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