As Birmingham City travel to Norfolk for their visit to Carrow Road in the Championship on Saturday, we’re looking back on a memorable encounter between the teams in 2019.
With all four goals coming in the first 25 minutes, this fixture provided early pandemonium just over a year ago!
Norwich City 3-1 Birmingham City
January 18, 2019
What was on the line?
We’re sure you don’t need reminding, but City were hot on the heels of Leeds United 28 games into the 2018-19 season, chasing the title with every game as they sat just one point behind Marcelo Bielsa’s league-leaders.
Following draws against play-off hopefuls West Brom and mid-table Brentford, City were in need of a win to keep their chase alive.
For Birmingham, the play-off dream was still very much a possibility, despite their own dip in form seeing them take two points from a possible nine in the three matches previous. Nonetheless, the Blues had good early season results to fall back on, keeping them in contention for the play-offs.
How the game unfolded
City fans wouldn’t have to wait long to have Carrow Road bouncing after Teemu Pukki found the opening goal in just 13 minutes, kneeing a Jamal Lewis cross past Lee Camp from close-range.
Saying that, Birmingham fans wouldn’t have to wait long for their moment of joy either, when Che Adams levelled the scoring immediately after the restart, finding the back of the net in the 14th minute.
Incredibly, the Canaries got their lead back again just eight minutes later, when Mario Vrancic struck one from outside the box and into the bottom corner, beating Camp once more.
Not making the same mistake twice, Daniel Farke’s side remained robust against the Blues, going on to score again for a cushioned lead. It was a corner with Emi Buendia’s name on it for the delivery, whipping it in to Tom Trybull to head home inside a packed-out Birmingham box for City’s third.
After the start the game had, it was a mystery as to how no more goals were found for the remaining 65 minutes, but Canaries fans weren’t complaining when the final whistle went to give the side a resounding three points.
Norwich City XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull, Vrancic, Buendia (Cantwell, 39), Stiepermann, Hernandez (McLean, 90), Pukki (Rhodes, 85)
Unused substitutes: Passlack, Hanley, Srbeny, McGovern
What happened next?
Again, you know what came next for City! Going on to bear incredible form, including an eight-game win streak, the Canaries would go on to win the Championship title, surpassing Leeds late on in the season to earn promotion to the Premier League in style.
For Birmingham, good form was hard to come by in the late stages of the season, when just five wins for the rest of the season would see the Blues end their 2018-19 campaign in 17th place.