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Memorable Match: Wycombe Wanderers 3-4 Norwich City

27 February 2021

Norwich City travel to Adams Park for Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture (12pm KO), so we’ve taken a look back at our previous visit in 2018.

Jordan Rhodes’ hat-trick (all assisted by Emi Buendia) helped send Norwich through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Wycombe Wanderers 3-4 Norwich City
Carabao Cup Third Round
Adams Park
September 25, 2018

What was on the line?

City’s season hadn’t got off to the best start, winning just one of the first six league games. However, the Carabao Cup presented chances for the Canaries to get some good form going and they had already knocked out Stevenage in the first round and Cardiff City in the second.

Wycombe were also finding wins hard to come by in the league, albeit one tier lower. In the cup, however, they’d beaten both Northampton Town and Forest Green Rovers on penalties on their way to the third round.

How the game unfolded

Norwich were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes thanks to two early strikes from Rhodes, but Paris Cowan-Hall reduced the arrears in the 17th minute to make for an interesting cup tie.

With just under five minutes to go in the first half, Tom Trybull headed in for City’s third before Rhodes completed his hat-trick early in the second half to put Daniel Farke’s side 4-1 up.

Cruise control? Not quite. Wycombe were awarded a penalty just beyond the hour mark which Sam Saunders converted.

Adebayo Akinfenwa then scored in the 75th minute to make it 4-3 to Norwich and set up a lively final 15 minutes, Wycombe having a glimpse of a comeback.

Norwich saw out the win, however, and advanced to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

City XI: McGovern, Passlack, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Pinto, Trybull, Thompson (Lewis 76’), Buendia (Klose 86’), Srbeny (Stiepermann 88’), Vrancic, Rhodes
Unused substitutes: Krul, Leitner, Pukki, Aarons

What happened next?

In the cup, City were knocked out in the fourth round with a 2-1 defeat at AFC Bournemouth, but went on to win the Championship title!

For Wycombe, they spent the majority of the season in and around mid-table in League One, eventually finishing 17th and winning promotion the following season.


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