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Memorable Match: Swansea City 3-4 Norwich City

3 February 2021

Norwich City make the lengthy journey to South Wales this week to face Swansea City on Friday night (8.15pm KO) in the Sky Bet Championship.

We’ve taken a look back at 2012’s trip to the Liberty Stadium, which provided an unforgettable encounter between the two sides.

Swansea City 3-4 Norwich City
December 8, 2012
Liberty Stadium
Premier League

What was on the line?

For Norwich, it felt like the sky was the limit on what could be achieved in the Premier League in 2012-13.

After failing to win any of the opening seven games and sitting 19th in the topflight, Chris Hughton’s Canaries had put together an eight-game unbeaten run prior to this match to climb to 12th in the division.

As for Swansea, it was a similar story, although Michael Laudrup’s side had enjoyed a tremendous start to the season, two wins and a draw putting them second early in the season.

They did follow that with three defeats and a draw, however, before recovering to sit seventh in the Premier League ahead of this game.

How the game unfolded

The game started off positively when Jonny Howson gave City the first sight of goal early on, trying his luck from outside the box, stopped only by the post.

The Canaries would only have to wait until the 16th minute for the opener, however, when a tidy one-two pass between Steven Whittaker and Robert Snodgrass set the former up to shoot for the bottom corner.

Holding onto their 1-0 lead until the brink of half time, 2012-2013’s player of the season Sebastien Bassong got in on the scoring, the Cameroon international's header at the far-post shortly after a City free-kick finding the back of the net.

Just before the break, Grant Holt then made things even worse for the Swans. Another City free-kick saw Snodgrass fire the ball into the 18-yard box, giving Grant Holt the textbook bullet header into the bottom corner for three.

Coming out for the second half, Swansea looked to put on a comeback, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes through Michu and Jonathan De Guzman.

But in the 77th minute, Snodgrass killed the game off, making sure there was no chance of a comeback. Yet another free-kick saw the Scot step up to the set-piece once more, this time lacing it into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

Despite a 90th minute goal from Michu, heading De Guzman’s cross in at the far post, the game went on to finish in the favour of the Canaries, seeing Chris Hughton’s men take all three points back to East Anglia.

Norwich City starting XI: Bunn, Bassong, Martin, Whittaker (Barnett, 90), Garrido, Hoolahan, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Snodgrass, Holt (Morison, 82)
Unused substitutes:
Rudd, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, Jackson

What happened next?

Norwich went on to have a great run for the rest of the season, finishing eleventh in the Premier League in their second consecutive season in the topflight. The Canaries picked up 44 points throughout the season after ten wins, 14 draws and 14 losses.

Swansea weren’t too far off an identical season, finishing ninth with 46 points, just two points ahead of the Canaries after one win more in place of a draw.

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