Jamar Loza today plies his trade for Norfolk-based King’s Lynn Town, but re-wind the clock five and a half years and the forward was a Norwich City hero.
This week’s memorable match recalls the time the Canaries twice came from behind in dramatic fashion to salvage a draw from Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Norwich City
March 17, 2015
John Smith’s Stadium
What was on the line?
Put simply, a place in the playoffs. In a season that had gone from strength to strength following the appointment of Alex Neil, City found themselves fifth going into this game, looking to return to winning ways after a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County.
For Huddersfield, the game was more about restoring pride, as the Terriers had failed to win any of the previous four games. Having started the season at the wrong end of the table, Chris Powell’s side recovered to look relatively comfortable in 18th ahead of this fixture.
How the game unfolded
The underdogs almost went behind early on when Bradley Johnson had the ball in the back of the net, but the midfielder was adjudged to have handled the ball on the way in, hence the two sides went into the half-time break at 0-0.
The home side did take the lead ten minutes into the second half, Ishmael Miller getting on the end of Jacob Butterfield’s delivery for 1-0, but Wes Hoolahan became the first of two super substitutes when he equalised moments later from Gary Hooper’s cross.
With the scores level at 1-1 going into the game’s dying embers, Butterfield continued to provide the creative outlet for Huddersfield. He got another assist, this time for James Vaughan, to put the Terriers 2-1 up in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
In most games, that would be the end of the story, but the tables turned once more when Vaughan was shown a second yellow card for his goal celebration! Loza, also on as a substitute, profited from a goalmouth scramble in the 98th minute to save a point at the death!
Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Bassong, Martin, Olsson, Whittaker, Howson (Loza 87’), Johnson (Hoolahan 62’), Dorrans, Redmond, Hooper (Andreu 78’), Jerome
Subs not used: Rudd, Cuellar, Odjidja-Ofoe, Tettey
What happened next?
City managed to string a handful of wins together to get themselves into the automatic promotion spots, before losing to Middlesbrough and falling to fourth. Four points, one East Anglian Derby win, and a play-off final victory against Boro later, and Norwich were back in the Premier League.
From their final eight league games, Huddersfield managed two wins, five draws and just one defeat - form that kept them 16th in the Championship and hopeful of a higher finish next time round.
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