Drmic shook off some rust with confidence boosting FA Cup goal
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Our latest Norwich City player watch followed Josip Drmic as the striker made his first Canaries start and scored during FA Cup victory at Burnley.
1 - CHANCE - Mario Vrancic chips the ball to the right quickly after kick-off, Lukas Rupp appears to be fouling Erik Pieters but the ball falls perfectly to Drmic, who strokes wide of the right post with Joe Hart totally exposed.
2 - OFFSIDE - James Tarkowski late on Vrancic as he tries to thread Drmic through, conceding a central free-kick 30 yards out. Vrancic chips the free-kick into the box, Drmic turns and is under pressure but digs out a shot, beats Hart but hits bar and the ball bounces the wrong side of the line - but an offside flag is up anyway.
11 - Onel Hernandez tees up Jamal Lewis on the left, space to cross low but it's poor and cleared, Drmic not at all happy as he was waiting to pounce in the six-yard box.
15 - Threads to over-lapping Sam Byram into right channel, who beats Hart with the shot but Tarkowski brilliantly gets back to somehow turn the shot behind for a corner.
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20 - Marco Stiepermann tries to blast a shot goalwards from the edge of the box but it deflects tamely to Hart, just evading the on-running Drmic.
22 - Spreads wide to Byram, who whips a low cross in but Drmic can't catch up in time and Hart claims.
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23 - Has to hold up the ball on the right, does that well and then Vrancic dummies his way into the box but Tarkowski is there to block the shot behind for a corner.
34 - Hernandez quickly gets Lewis away on the over-lap on the left, Drmic is waiting on the far side and asking a lot of the cross, Lewis' effort is weak, striker could perhaps have made a run towards the ball.
37 - CHANCE - Vrancic sends Hernandez down the left, who turns Tarkowski and runs to the box, loses the ball but Byram cleverly chips to Drmic on the right of the box, who allows the ball to sit up for the shot and then blasts across Hart and just beyond the left post.
40 - Rupp gets to the bye-line and crosses but Drmic can't get the ball out of his feet. Soon after he's eased off the ball by Kevin Long too easily twice in quick succession.
57 - GOAL - Vrancic with a lovely cross from the left, Rupp's flick is clawed away by Hart but Drmic is totally unmarked to tap in from close range.
70 - CHANCE - City counter swiftly through Stiepermann, Hernandez dummies and tees up Drmic in space on the edge of the box but left-back Pieters gets a vital block in and ball loops just wide with Hart stranded.
73 - Battles with Tarkowski chasing through but defender is too strong.
88 - Replaced by Teemu Pukki, looking clearly tired.
VERDICT: Clearly an element of shaking off some rust after his injury issues, failing to test the keeper with a clear early chance, but overall will be pleased with his afternoon's work and can take confidence from a second goal of the season.
RATING: 7 out of 10