Burnley 1-2 Norwich City - City progress into the fifth round of the FA Cup after Turf Moor victory
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Norwich City progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Premier League rivals Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
The Canaries scored twice in four minutes to ensure their name will be in the hat for Monday's draw. Goals from Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic proved to be the difference, with Erik Pieters netting for the hosts.
In his programme notes, Sean Dyche expressed his desire to progress through to the last 16 of the FA Cup with victory over City and that was evident in his team selection as he named a strong Burnley side.
England international Joe Hart was named in goal and ex-City winger Robbie Brady was also in Dyche's starting XI. The Clarets made five changes to the side who beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in midweek.
Daniel Farke went two further, making seven changes to his team. Drmic made his first start since signing for the Canaries last summer and Mario Vrancic, Marco Stiepermann, Tom Trybull, Jamal Lewis and Ralf Fahrmann all came in for the Canaries.
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Hero of the previous round, Adam Idah, wasn't in the matchday squad, but 18-year-old Josh Martin, who netted a hat-trick in the third-round of the FA Youth Cup, was named on the bench.
City had a golden opportunity to take the lead inside the opening minute, with a progressive kick-off seeing Vrancic play the ball forward towards Lukas Rupp, the German clipped the ball around the corner for Drmic to run through. He lacked composure as he put his effort past the post.
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Sam Byram's misplaced pass provided Chris Wood with a chance to run in-beyond the City defence, he worked his way into the area before squaring the ball to Jay Rodriguez, but his shot was saved well by Fahrmann.
The Clarets looked to gain control of proceedings thereafter and despite their regressive tag, they implemented a fine passage of possession that saw Brady's effort pushed round the post by Fahrmann.
Lennon found Rodriguez outside the area, who flicked the ball into the path of the former City man, but his shot lacked power.
City responded with a counter-attack of their own, Rupp carried the ball forward prior to finding Drmic outside the box. He played through the galloping Byram, who looked to bend the ball into the net with the outside of his foot, only for James Tarkowski to block on the line.
From the resulting corner, City recycled possession to Hernandez, and the Cuban let fly from range, but Hart saved his attempt at full stretch.
Burnley would have Tarkowski to thank again soon after as his intervention prevented Vrancic from striking on goal.
City were fizzing on the break, and Drmic worked the ball into the area before finding Rupp. The German's tenacity allowed him to retain possession before finding the Bosnian on the edge of the box, his faint fooled Kevin Long but Tarkowski's tackle was perfectly timed.
City's dominance continued and from the corner that followed Vrancic's chance, Hanley's header was cleared only as far as Rupp. He unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that Hart tipped over the bar.
Burnley's physical presence at set-pieces was still threatening, and Tarkowski nearly gave the Clarets the lead from Brady's corner. The England international ran between Zimmerman and Stiepermann before meeting the ball with his head, but it cannoned back off the crossbar.
Drmic was the key culprit of City's squandered opportunities in the opening period, and the Swiss was guilty of failing to convert again after Vrancic found him in space in the box. He looked to pick out the bottom corner, but his strike went wide.
Minutes after the interval, City did convert one of their chances and took the lead courtesy of Hanley.
The Scot had been berated all afternoon for his Blackburn Rovers connections and City's skipper held off Long to meet Vrancic's free-kick and headed it past Hart.
City doubled their advantage soon after, with Vrancic the protagonist again.
Stiepermann picked up a loose pass and found Lewis on the left. He brought the ball forward before finding Vrancic, his cross was met by Rupp and his looped effort was pushed by Hart into the path of Drmic to score.
Stiepermann could have put City further ahead after exchanging passes with Rupp, the German waltzed into the box, but his shot was deflected wide by Tarkowski.
Dyche's men kept knocking at the door and eventually got their just rewards as Erik Pieters arrowed a volley into the net. The Dutch full-back finished well, but City's defending preceding the chance was borderline comical.
Teemu Pukki had an opportunity to extend the Canaries lead in stoppage time, Ondrej Duda found him in the box before the Finn worked a yard of space to shoot. His effort blocked on the line by the imperious Tarkowski.
City managed the rest of the tie with professionalism to secure their place in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup. It's the first time since 2012 that the Canaries have reached this stage of the competition.
- Burnley (4-4-2): Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Pieters; Lennon, Westwood, Cork (Hendrick, 65), Brady (McNeil, 80); Wood (Vydra, 65), Rodriguez. Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Taylor, Dunne, Goodridge.
- Bookings: Long
- Goals: Pieters 72
- Norwich City (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann; Byram, Hanley (capt), Zimmermann, Lewis; Trybull, Vrancic; Rupp, Stiepermann (Duda, 82), Hernandez (McLean, 85); Drmic (Pukki, 88). Subs not used: McGovern, Aarons, Tettey, Martin.
- Bookings: Stiepermann, Zimmermann, Hanley
- Goals: Hanley 53, Drmic 57
- Added on time: 1 min/ 4 mins
- Attendance: 8,071
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- VAR: Paul Tierney