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City through to round four of FA Cup after Coventry victory

9 January 2021

Norwich City made it through to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Coventry City at Carrow Road.

The Canaries effectively won the match in the opening seven minutes, after quickfire goals from Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill had them two up in no time.

Coventry found chances to threaten the scoreline limited in response, but whatever they could conjure up was repelled superbly by young goalkeeper Daniel Barden who kept a clean sheet on only his second senior start for the club.

Daniel Farke made seven changes to his starting eleven from last weekend’s win over Barnsley with Barden, Christoph Zimmermann, Hugill, Przemyslaw Placheta, Xavi Quintilla, Bali Mumba and Alex Tettey coming into the side.

Many of those who featured last week dropped to the bench and there was a welcome return for Onel Hernandez in the matchday squad after a long period out injured.

It was the visitors who made the faster start of the two. A flurry of attacks just minutes into the game saw Maxime Biamou, Jordan Shipley and Callum O’Hare all test Barden early on.

However, it was the Canaries who were the more clinical of the two to take the lead on six minutes. Placheta ghosted in from the left and found Todd Cantwell in space on the edge of the Coventry box, allowing him room to poke the ball through to McLean. The Scot broke he offside trap and coolly slotted the ball past Ben Wilson in the Sky Blues’ goal.

City doubled their advantage with their next attack. Placheta was again the architect, flashing a cross into the six-yard box for Hugill to head home for his second goal of the season.

The Canaries were playing with real confidence following that excellent spell and they almost made it three on 15 minutes. Cantwell capitalised on a poor Coventry pass and his curled effort from distance was only a matter of inches wide.

The remainder of the first-half was dominated by City’s willingness to keep possession and make Coventry wait for their opportunities. They did a good job in restricting the visitors to little in front of goal.

The only other chance the Sky Blues could muster was when Biamou shot low and wide from the edge of the area.

Farke brought Grant Hanley on at half-time and he was straight into the action as Coventry stepped up their search for a route back into the back. 

Biamou again was involved as he headed at Barden but the City youngster produced superb reflexes once again to keep Coventry at bay.

The stand-in stopper was called upon once again just after the hour mark but he continued his superiority over Biamou in their mini duel by producing the goods once again as Biamou controlled and volleyed with venom. 

Coventry were running out of ideas and as their started to ring the changes, substitute Will Bapaga picked up a loose ball in the box but how powerful strike was straight at Barden.

As the visitors threw more men forward, City were even more dangerous on the counter. Substitute Teemu Pukki almost made it three on 85 minute when he nutmegged Kyle McFadzean but his shot from a tight angle was narrowly wide.

The early goals were enough for City and they'll find out their fourth round opponents in the draw on Monday evening at 7.30pm.

Norwich: Barden (GK), Zimmermann (Hanley, 46), Hugill (Pukki, 72), Placheta, Cantwell (Buendia, 72), Quintilla, Sorensen (Skipp, 88), McLean, Mumba (Aarons, 62), Tettey (c), Gibson
Subs not used: McCracken (GK), Vrancic, Hernandez, Omotoye
Goals: McLean (6), Hugill (8)
Bookings: McLean (52), Cantwell (68), Hanley (87)
Red cards: 

Coventry: Wilson (GK), Ositgard, McFadzean (c), Biamou (Bakayoko, 68), O’Hare, Sheaf (James, 69), Hyam, Giles, Shipley (Eccles, 79), Da Costa, Hamer (Bapaga, 78)
Subs not used: Camp (GK), Allen, Dabo, Thompson, Kastaneer
Bookings: Hamer (63)
Red cards:

HT: 2-0
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: None

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