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Memorable Match: Norwich City 5-0 Huddersfield Town

6 April 2021

As Norwich City host Huddersfield in their first home fixture since the international break on Tuesday evening (7:45pm KO), we’re taking a look back on a historic win over the Terriers.

An early red card and all five goals coming in the second half, this game had Carrow Road rocking just over six years ago!

Norwich City 5-0 Huddersfield
December 13, 2014
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

Nearly halfway through the campaign with 20 games down, this was a match where both clubs were desperate for another three points. A win for City meant they could close the gap on a play-off spot, while victory for Huddersfield gave them comfortable distance on the relegation zone.

Norwich had only won a single game from the past eight at home, seeing them slip down the table as weeks went by, while Huddersfield had just beaten promotion hopefuls Brentford before their visit to Carrow Road.

How the game unfolded

The game didn’t take long to get heated when Murray Wallace was dismissed early on. Cameron Jerome pounced on a Terriers’ error in defence and Wallace responded by bringing the striker down just outside the box. The referee wasted no time in sending the defender off, leaving Huddersfield with ten-men for the remaining 70 minutes.

Despite the dismissal, the rest of the first half was a quiet one. No clear-cut sights of goal for either side left the first 45 minutes goalless which, as you can tell by the scoreline, meant an entertaining second-half was coming City’s way!

After the wait, Bradley Johnson found the opener less than a minute into the second-half. A neat passing move between Jonny Howson, Jerome and Gary Hooper cut through the Terriers’ defence, setting the midfielder up in front of goal with a tap-in for the lead.

Just two minutes later, that lead would be doubled after Martin Olsson’s textbook cross found Nathan Redmond at the far post. Redmond, who had spent just three minutes on the pitch, headed beautifully into the far corner for the second.

The flow of goals wouldn’t stop there, either! No more than three minutes later, the Canaries found their third when Jonny Howson’s would-be wonder volley was blocked by Jack Robinson, but only as far as Johnson who headed back into an open net.

After three goals in six minutes, Carrow Road finally had time to catch its breath as goal number four wouldn’t come for nearly 20 minutes but the stadium was bouncing all the same when it did.

In another textbook passage of play, Redmond’s cross found Hooper at the far post for the midfielder to cushion his header toward Jerome, who used his physicality to get past Terriers’ Mark Hudson and nod home for 4-0.

For City’s fifth and final goal, who else to assist it but Wes Hoolahan? The midfielder was substituted on in the 72nd minute, with Lewis Grabban following in the 76th. It took mere minutes for the two to get involved, Hoolahan’s perfectly weighted pass finding the forward in the box for him to smash past Smithies and wrap up the game.

What happened next?

City went on to have a historic season as they finished third in the Championship with 86 points, earning them a spot in the play-offs. The first round saw them take on local rivals Ipswich Town, with City coming out victorious after a 4-2 win over two legs.

In a memorable play-off final at Wembley, City cruised past Middlesbrough in a 2-0 win to earn promotion back to the Premier League.

For Huddersfield, a testing remainder of the season saw them struggle to pick up any momentum in terms of results, the Terriers’ going on to finish 16th in the Championship.

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City dismantle Huddersfield in 7-0 rout

6 April 2021

Norwich City put in a ruthless attacking display to record their biggest win of the 2020-21 season on Tuesday night as they thrashed Huddersfield Town 7-0 at Carrow Road.

The Canaries led by five after a merciless first-half which saw Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell run riot. Pukki scored twice and registered an assist, Buendia assisted three and scored once, with Cantwell scoring and assisting one apiece. There was also a chance for Kieran Dowell to get in on the act, scoring the final goal of the half.

City were comfortable in the second-half and notched their sixth and seventh goals, with Pukki completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot and substitute Jordan Hugill tapping home late on.

Daniel Farke restored to a more familiar starting eleven, with Max Aarons, Dimitris Giannoulis and Oliver Skipp having recovered from their international exploits to start. Alongside Aarons and Giannoulis in the defence, Andrew Omobamidele continue to deputise and, as a result, made his first Carrow Road appearance. Also, it was a special evening for Grant Hanley who notched his 100th game for the club in all competitions.

Huddersfield made five changes to their starting eleven with Richard Stearman, Juninho Bacuna, Isaac Mbenza, Danny Ward and goalkeeper Joel Pereira coming into the side.

It was a scintillating first-half from the Canaries and they made their opponents pay for every misplaced pass and positional error. They got the ball rolling on eight minutes when Giannoulis played a give-and-go with Cantwell before having a goalbound effort superbly charged down. However, the Canaries recycled the ball and Cantwell jinked past the challenges in the 18-yard box before squaring for Pukki to net his 23rd goal of the season.

The Canaries almost doubled their lead on 19 minutes when Cantwell, who had been pulling the strings since the off, threaded a sumptuous ball through to Pukki whose low effort was saved by Pereira, although the flag on the far side was up.

The lead was eventually doubled a minute later, as Buendia caressed a ball down the side of the Huddersfield defence, allowing Pukki to latch onto it and fire the ball past Pereira at his near for his second of the match.

The goals kept coming and the Terriers could not live with their ruthless opponents. On 24 minutes, Buendia, in a similar to position to where he scored on Good Friday, unleashed an unstoppable drive in off the post.

The sensational Cantwell got in on the act on the half hour mark, smashing the ball into the top corner from a Buendia centre before the Argentine completed his hat-trick of first-half assists on the stroke of half-time, exchanging passes with Dowell twice before he dispatched into an empty net.

Just before the fifth goal, a pinpoint free-kick from Buendia crashed against the woodwork so, in reality, it could have been much worse for City’s opponents.

City were comfortable in the second-half as they set about defending their clean sheet. It took until the 58th minute for their opponents to register their first shot on target when substitute Sorba Thomas’s deflected effort was easily saved by Tim Krul.

A surging run from Skipp presented Pukki with the chance to complete his hat-trick on 61 minutes when he was fouled in the penalty area and the Finn made no mistake from the spot to make it 6-0.

Huddersfield almost got themselves on the scoresheet on 73 minutes when Danny Ward tried to divert a corner back towards goal but a combination of Krul and the woodwork denied them.

However, the Canaries weren't stopping at six and substitute Hugill got his name on the scoresheet late on, finishing at the back post after an assist from Aarons.

Norwich City: Krul (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Dowell (Stiepermann, 70), Cantwell (Hernandez, 86), Buendia (Placheta, 77), Skipp, Pukki (Hugill, 77), McLean (Sorensen, 70), Giannoulis, Omobamidele
Subs not used: Nyland (GK), Vrancic, Mumba, Tettey
Goals: Pukki (8, 20, pen 61), Buendia (24), Cantwell (30), Dowell (42), Hugill (79)

Huddersfield Town: Pereira (GK), Hogg (c) (Thomas, 53), Bacuna, O’Brien (Brown, 66), Holmes (Rowe, 53), Stearman (High, 46), Keogh, Duhaney, Mbenza, Sarr (Edmonds-Green, 66), Ward
Subs not used: Leutwiler (GK), Elphick, Campbell, Edmonds-Green, Sanogo
Goals: None
Mbenza (60)

HT: 5-0
Carrow Road
Jarred Gillett
Attendance: None

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