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Memorable Match: Burnley 3-5 Norwich City

With Norwich City travelling to Turf Moor for Saturday’s Premier League game against Burnley, we look back at one of the fixture’s most memorable encounters.

April 3, 2004

Football League First Division

What was on the line?

Norwich had been flying. The Canaries first topped the second tier after beating Cardiff City 2-0 halfway through the 2003/04 season, and first place was where they stayed with wins and clean sheets aplenty.

For Burnley, quite the opposite. It had been a season of struggle for the Clarets, who found themselves at the wrong end of the table under Stan Ternent’s regime.

How the game unfolded

Despite Norwich heading into the game as clear favourites, Burnley took the lead three times during the match, first through Neil Wood in the seventh minute.

Mathias Svensson equalised just seven minutes later, before David May put the home side ahead again with half an hour played.

This time, Burnley’s lead lasted just two minutes, with Darren Huckerby equalising in the 32nd.

Nevertheless, six minutes later, Robbie Blake gave Burnley a 3-2 lead to go into half-time with the wind in their sails.

But City responded well in the second half, Leon McKenzie next to equalise shortly after the break.

Having fought back into the game not once, not twice, but three times, City eventually took the lead when Svensson secured his brace in the 62nd minute.

Huckerby netted his second to put the cherry on the cake in the game’s dying embers, giving Norwich three hard-earned points.

City XI: Green; Edworthy, Fleming, Mackay, Drury; Francis, Holt; Huckerby, McKeznie (Mulryne 72’), McVeigh (Cooper 37’), Svensson (Roberts 90’)

Unused substitutes: Crichton, Henderson

What happened next?

City showed no signs of slowing down, storming to the league title and promotion to the Premier League with six wins and one defeat from the final seven games.

As for Burnley, they picked up a vital win against relegation rivals Walsall the following week and went on to finish 19th to avoid the drop.

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