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09 January 2021 Venue Carrow Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Norwich City v Coventry City

8 January 2021

Attention turns from the league to the FA Cup third round as Norwich City host Coventry City at Carrow Road this Saturday.

Our match preview looks at the Sky Blues' season so far, our previous meeting this season and more.

The opposition

Having earned promotion back to the Championship as winners of League One last season, Coventry are enjoying their time in the second division.

It wasn’t always that way, however. An early struggle for points as they adjusted to the Championship saw the Sky Blues finish October with just eight points.

But a solid November shaped the start of Coventry’s run, Mark Robin’s side beating play-off contenders Cardiff City before drawing to the Canaries after a last-minute equaliser.

An extremely strong December saw the Sky Blues then make a five-match undefeated run, despite the number of close-knit games.

Most recently, a 2-1 win over Millwall has given Coventry the ideal start to the new year, putting them 16th in the league with 26 points, seven clear of the bottom three.

Last season, Coventry entered the FA Cup in the first round, taking wins over Colchester United, Ipswich Town and Bristol Rovers before exiting the tournament after losing 4-1 to Birmingham City on penalties.

Head-to-head

There have been 122 meetings between City and the Sky Blues since 1908, resulting in 54 wins, 33 defeats and 35 draws for Norwich.

Last time we met, City couldn’t quite hold on to their 1-0 lead after Mario Vrancic buried his penalty, Maxime Biamou finding the leveller in the 89th minute to share the points.

Ref watch

Darren Drysdale has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s match, Adam Crysell and Adrian Waters his assistants and Paul Howard the fourth official.

Drysdale last refereed a City game all the way back in 2007, overseeing a Championship tie between Plymouth Argyle and the Canaries, a game City lost 3-0.

How to follow

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on BT Sport Extra 5.

Norwich City fans can still listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk with a £2.50 audio match pass available on iFollow.

Otherwise, Norwich City's website and social channels on TwitterFacebook and Instagram will provide regular updates.

To learn more about the variety of passes on offer to supporters this season, click here. If you have any questions around our iFollow service, please check out answers to some FAQs here. Alternatively, please email ifollow@efl.com.

 

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Match Reports

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
Goals:
Bookings: Hamer (63)
Red cards:

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

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