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Memorable Match: Norwich City 5-2 Wycombe Wanderers (August 2009)

23 October 2020

As Wycombe Wanderers become the next to visit Carrow Road in the Championship on Saturday, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to a convincing win over the Chairboys.

With plenty of goals scored throughout the game, this one was a real entertaining fixture back in City’s League One days of 2009!

Norwich City 5-2 Wycombe Wanderers
August 22, 2009
League One
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

For City, quite a bit after the start to the 2009-2010 season they had! Having been relegated from the Championship and taking just a point from the first three games in the third-tier, including a 7-1 loss to Colchester, Paul Lambert came in as the new Canaries manager in an attempt to guide the Canaries back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

For Wycombe, it was a similar story, having also picked up just a point from their first three games of the League One season. Having just earned promotion to League Two, every point was vital in keeping the Chairboys survival hopes going, just as each point was crucial in the Canaries promotion hopes.

How the game unfolded

Grant Holt poked home early on to give City the lead, Korey Smith made it 2-0 with a low drive before Jon Otsemobor grabbed the third with a curling header.

Jon-Paul Pittman reduced the deficit pouncing on a defensive error by Jens Berthel Askou and Matt Harrold made it 3-2, firing in after the break.

But a bullet header from Askou and a second from Holt secured an important City win.

Norwich City XI: Alnwick, Otsemobor, Askou, Spillane, Drury, Hughes (Adeyemi, 63), Lappin, Smith (Hoolahan, 73), Cureton (McDonald, 63), Holt, McVeigh
Subs not used: Rudd, Doherty, Daley, Martin

What happened next?

The season sparked one of the most fruitful periods in the Norwich City's history as they secured promotion to the Championship by finishing top and then a place in the Premier League the following season after finishing runners-up in the second-tier.

For Wycombe, the season ended in disappointment as they were relegated to League Two by finishing 22nd in the final league standings.


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