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Memorable Match: Barnsley 0-2 Norwich City

22 January 2021

With Norwich City travelling to Barnsley for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round fixture, we’ve taken a look back at a previous visit to Oakwell Stadium.

Two goals from Andrew Crofts secured the three points in the Championship just under ten years ago.

Barnsley 0-2 Norwich City
February 26, 2011
Oakwell Stadium

What was on the line?

For Norwich, it was a place in the play-offs. The Canaries had been flirting with the top six positions all seasons, fifth in the league ahead of the trip to Barnsley.

The Tykes, on the other hand, had had a mixed bag of form throughout the 2010-11 season, going on an unbeaten run of five games but otherwise struggling to find consistency.

How the game unfolded

Jason Shackelll suffered a cut lip for the hosts just beyond the half-hour mark, and City took full advantage of their opponents being down to ten men.

Wes Hoolahan took on two Barnsley defenders before finding Crofts, who connected first time to fire the ball past Luke Steele.

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Crofts’ brace came just seven minutes later, five minutes before half-time. Again it was Hoolahan who provided the assist, finding Crofts from a deep position on the right wing.

The latter took a good first touch on the outside of his right foot, before swivelling and volleying the ball towards the bottom left corner on his left foot, Justin Fashanu-esque.

Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Tierney, Ward, Whitbread, Martin, Crofts, Fox, Hoolahan, Lansbury, Surman, Holt

Unused substitutes: Rudd, Edwards, Drury, Gill, Smith, Jackson, Wilbraham

What happened next?

Norwich lost just one of the remaining 12 games, climbing to second in the league and securing automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Barnsley ended up finishing 17th in the Championship, then coming 21st in consecutive seasons before suffering relegation to League One.

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