Norwich City A-Z: A Harry kane masterclass, an upset ... and a Chris Sutton bonus
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Tottenham look to be a club on the up but they haven’t always had things their own way against the Canaries, as Mark Armstrong found out
Norwich City 0 Tottenham 3
This was the result that perhaps saw reality hit home that, despite a January spending spree that saw Steven Naismith, Timm Klose and Ivo Pinto arrive at Carrow Road, City were going to be embroiled in a relegation battle.
Dele Alli tapped home inside the first two minutes to set the tone on a miserable evening. Harry Kane, who it is safe to say didn't look like the striker Norwich had on loan under Chris Hughton, then put Spurs further ahead from the penalty spot after Alli was fouled.
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City didn't offer any real threat going forward with Dieumerci Mbokani coming closest before Kane made it 3-0 late on with a poacher's finish.
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Norwich City 1 Tottenham 0
With the pressure starting to grow on Chris Hughton this felt like a very big win at the time.
Of course, it didn't pan out that way as City were back in the Championship come the end of the season but Robert Snodgrass' early second-half finish at least provided a modicum of optimism at the time.
Just days before the match then chief executive didn't exactly give Hughton a vote of confidence. "We are too close for comfort (to the relegation zone)," he said. "Chris has been told in no uncertain terms 'get us out of that position and keep us out'."
City arguably failed the pulled the trigger early enough on Hughton's employment and an SOS call to Neil Adams didn't work out as City dropped into the second tier.
Norwich City 2 Tottenham 1
City secured their place in the last eight of the Capital One Cup thanks to a dramatic late turnaround at Carrow Road.
Spurs dominated for much of the contest and looked to have secured their safe passage into the next round when Gareth Bale put them in front with a second half drive.
However, City rallied and got their noses in front in the second half thanks to Alex Tettey's deflected effort and Simeon Jackson's predatory finish.
However, the drama wasn't quite over as Marc Tierney was adjudged to have tripped Kyle Walker prompting the referee to point to the spot.
It allowed Mark Bunn to be the hero for City as he saved Clint Dempsey's spot-kick to set up a quarter-final against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa. It didn't go well...
Tottenham 1 Norwich City 2
Elliott Bennett provided arguably his best moment in a Norwich City shirt with a wonderful second-half winner.
The former Brighton winger fired home from the edge of the box to put a giant dent in Tottenham's hopes of finishing in the top four.
Anthony Pilkington sidefooted the Canaries into the lead in the first half before Jermain Defoe restored parity with a dinked finish.
But Lambert's City ran out worth winners as Bennett ran at the Spurs defence midway through the second half before unleashing an angled shot that flew past Brad Friedel.
Tottenham 1 Norwich City 3
Chris Sutton celebrated signing a new contract with a brace to down Ossie Ardiles' Tottenham side.
The striker, who was reportedly on a £500 a goal bonus as part of his new deal at Carrow Road, clinically finished a six-man move to put City ahead.
Efan Ekoku ensured City went in at the break two goals to the good and although Nick Barmby set up a nervy finish, Sutton allayed any fears in the 89th minute as he notched his 12th goal of the season.
One of the most sought-after managers in world football as a result of the work he has done at Tottenham.
Despite being run on a budget as the club paid for their new stadium, he has managed to turn Spurs into Champions League regulars.
Not many people had heard of the Argentine when he came to English football to replace Nigel Adkins at Southampton but he did enough on the south coast to get the gig in north London.
Question marks have hung over his head thanks to the impressive work he's done at Spurs with Real Madrid never seemingly far away from 'making contact' when they struggle. However, chairman Daniel Levy has loosened the purse strings and the 47-year-old seems content to stay with Tottenham for now.
Looked to be on the fringes of the title race for long spells but in the end their failure to strengthen their squad in the transfer window caught up with them.
Endured a very difficult end to their campaign in the league, failing to win any of their last three games but they squeaked into the Champions League places, edging out rivals Arsenal by a point.
Their exciting run to the Champions League final captured the fans' imaginations, particularly a famous semi-final win over Ajax, but the final proved a bridge too far as Liverpool took the glory.
Supporters will be relieved to see their club finally make some moves in the transfer market with the £55m signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
The France international was on the radar of several top European clubs but Spurs were determined to strengthen the heart of their midfield.
Jack Clarke has also been signed from Leeds but will be loaned back to the Elland Road side.
There is still some doubt over the long-term future of Christian Eriksen with Real Madrid reportedly looking to take advantage of the fact the Danish playmaker has only one year left on his deal.
Much will be expected of Harry Kane once again whilst fans will be hoping Dele Alli can rediscover some of the swagger that was missing from his game last season.
HEAD TO HEAD
NW Draws TW
League 16 14 26
League Cup 1 0 2
FA Cup 3 2 1
Total 20 16 29
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Saturday, December 26, 2015
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Tottenham 2 Norwich 0
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Norwich 1 Tottenham 1
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Tottenham 1 Norwich 1
Monday, April 9, 2012
Tottenham 1 Norwich 2
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Norwich 0 Tottenham 2
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Norwich 0 Tottenham 2
Sunday, September 12, 2004
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