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Memorable Match: Norwich City 4-4 Middlesbrough

28 January 2021

With Middlesbrough the visitors at Carrow Road for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship lunchtime kick-off, we’ve taken a look at an unforgettable meeting between the two sides.

4-1 down with ten minutes to go, City remarkably came back to draw 4-4 in the Premier League in 2005!

Norwich City 4-4 Middlesbrough
January 22, 2005
Premier League
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

For Norwich, every game presented precious points in the quest for Premier League survival, having occupied the relegation places for the majority of the 2004-05 season.

Middlesbrough had their sights set firmly on the opposite end of the table, chasing the top six having been in the top half of the Premier League since the third match of the season.

How the game unfolded

Norwich took the lead in the 18th minute, Darren Huckerby’s shot touched over the line by Damien Francis.

But the advantage was short lived, as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reduced the arrears when he turned home Stewart Downing’s delivery just beyond the half-hour mark.

It was Downing who assisted the visitor’s next goal as well, his corner headed in by Franck Queudrue early in the second half.

Queudrue netted his brace moments later to put Boro 3-1 up, Downing’s corner flicked on by Gareth Southgate to the Frenchman to convert.

Hasselbaink had his second of the game to surely seal the three points for Boro in the 78th minute, curling a free-kick over the wall.

But Dean Ashton gave City a lease of life on his home debut in the 80th minute, converting a Huckerby cross for 4-2.

Huckerby also provided City’s third, finding Leon McKenzie who buried a header in the 90th minute.

4-3 down in the third minute of stoppage time, City salvaged what could be a crucial point when Huckerby’s corner was headed in by Adam Drury!

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City XI: Green, Edworthy, Doherty, Fleming, Drury, Jonson (McVeigh 60), Mulryne (Holt 64), Francis, Brennan (McKenzie 59), Huckerby, Ashton.
Unused substitutes: Gallacher, Jarvis.

What happened next?

Unfortunately for City, despite a run of three wins and one draw in April, it just wasn’t enough to avoid relegation as the Canaries came 19th with 33 points, level with Crystal Palace in 18th and one point behind West Bromwich Albion in 17th.

Middlesbrough, on the other hand, were consistently flying for most of the season, eventually coming seventh and qualifying for the UEFA Cup first round as a result.

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