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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel to Carrow Road in the Emirates FA Cup

City play Norwich for the second time this season...

8 January 2021

The Sky Blues travel to Carrow Road in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup this weekend to take on Norwich City. Here’s everything you need to know about our opponents.

Fact File

Name: Norwich City

Founded: 1902

Stadium: Carrow Road (first opened 1935)

Capacity: 27,359

Nickname: The Canaries

Address: Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE

Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards

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The Opposition

Norwich are four points clear at the top of the Championship table and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season, memorably beating Tottenham Hotspur on penalties to reach the last eight.

The Canaries have plenty of talent at their disposal including Tim Krul in goal, Max Aarons at right-back, Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia in midfield and in-form Teemu Pukki up front.

The Norfolk club have never won the competition, but have reached the semi-finals on three separate occasions and come into the tie having beaten Barnsley last weekend.

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Manager

Daniel Farke was appointed as Norwich head coach in May 2017, arriving from Borussia Dortmund’s second team.

He began his managerial career with SV Lippstadt, spending six years with the non-league side, taking them from the sixth tier to the fourth tier of German football.

The 44-year-old then spent two seasons in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s reserve side before being appointed as Norwich manager ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

He led the club to a 14th place finish in his first season in charge before storming to the Championship title in 2018/19, guiding Norwich back into the Premier League for the first time in three seasons.

The Canaries were relegated back to the Championship after just one season in the top-flight but look well-placed to make an immediate return to the Premier League, sitting four points clear at the top of the table.

With Norwich, Farke has managed 170 matches recording 69 wins, 42 draws and 59 defeats.

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Last Six Games

Won – Norwich 1-0 Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship)

Drew – Norwich 1-1 QPR (Sky Bet Championship)

Lost – Watford 1-0 Norwich (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Norwich 2-0 Cardiff (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Reading 1-2 Norwich (Sky Bet Championship)

Won – Blackburn 1-2 Norwich (Sky Bet Championship)

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Last Time We Met

The two sides met earlier in the season in late November when the Sky Blues scored a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in the Championship.

City created the first real chance of the game when Callum O’Hare slid Fankaty Dabo in down the right who in-turn cut the ball back to Jamie Allen whose stooping header went just over the crossbar.

Norwich responded with a chance of their own when Josh Martin saw his first time effort well-saved by Ben Wilson, before the Sky Blues made a stunning stop to deny Przemyslaw Placheta from close range to complete a remarkable double save.

The Canaries continued to threaten when Max Aarons worked his way into the penalty area before seeing his powerful effort pushed away by Wilson.

The hosts were awarded a penalty when Wilson was adjudged to have fouled Placheta, when he attempted to gather Alex Tettey’s lofted through ball, which was converted by Mario Vrancic down the middle of the goal with Wilson diving to his right.

City came close to an equaliser when Ryan Giles found O’Hare in the penalty area with the midfielder’s effort pushed behind by Norwich keeper Michael McGovern at his near post.

Sky Blues skipper for the day Kyle McFadzean then hit the woodwork when he glanced Gustavo Hamer’s teasing set-piece delivery onto the right-hand post.

City’s pressure paid off on 89 minutes when Hamer’s magnificent crossfield pass found Giles on the left who played a low ball across the face of goal that fell kindly into the path of Max Biamou who finished into the top corner from a couple of yards out.

Head-to-Head Record

Sky Blues Wins – 54

Draws – 35

Norwich Wins – 33

Club Connections

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Darren Huckerby

The livewire forward enjoyed the best spell of his career with the Sky Blues before later spending five productive seasons with Norwich.

Huckerby came through the ranks at Lincoln City then playing in the Third Division and spent three seasons at Sincil Bank before departing for Newcastle United.

The forward would make just two appearances for the Magpies before joining Millwall on loan and then completing a permanent switch to the Sky Blues.

With City, Huckerby formed a successful partnership with Dion Dublin and quickly became a key player for the club, helping Gordon Strachan’s side stay up on the final day of the season in his first campaign with the club.

He scored an impressive 14 league goals in his second season with the Sky Blues, before striking nine times the following campaign to help City preserve their top-flight status.

After making 109 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals, across three seasons, he departed for Leeds United and helped the Elland Road club secure a third place finish in the Premier League.

He left Leeds to join Manchester City in December 2000 and scored 20 goals in the second-tier to help the club return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Huckerby stayed with the Citizens for one more season before joining Nottingham Forest on loan and helping them reach the First Division play-offs.

He then joined Norwich City on loan, before making the move permanent in December 2003, scoring 14 goals to help the Canaries achieve promotion to the Premier League.

The 44-year-old won Norwich’s Supporters’ Player of the Year award on two occasions during his time with the club and would go on to make over 200 appearances for the Canaries scoring 48 goals.

He finished his career with American side San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer and following his retirement returned to Norwich to work as a youth coach.

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Dion Dublin

Sky Blues legend Dion Dublin made over 150 appearances for City, having begun and finished his career with Norwich.

Dublin came through the youth ranks at the Canaries, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the club, signing for Cambridge United in August 1988.

He was moved from centre-back to centre-forward during his time with the U’s and helped the club achieve back-to-back promotions from the fourth division to the second tier, becoming the first player to score in a Wembley play-off final in the process.

Having also helped Cambridge reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in both of the club’s promotion seasons, he departed after the club secured their highest ever finish in the Football League, losing in the Second Division play-offs, having made over 200 appearances scoring 73 goals.

His fine form in Cambridgeshire saw him join Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side in August 1992 and, despite suffering a broken leg early on in the season, helped the Red Devils claim the inaugural Premier League title.

However, with his game-time limited at Old Trafford he joined the Sky Blues for a then club-record fee in September 1994 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dublin became one of the Premier League’s top strikers during his time with the Sky Blues, top-scoring for the club during each of his four full seasons at Highfield Road.

This included scoring a crucial goal in City’s famous 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur to help City retain their Premier League status against the odds on the final day of the 1996/97 season.

He netted a joint league high 18 goals the following campaign before leaving for Aston Villa in November 1998 having played 170 games scoring 72 goals for the Sky Blues, as well as making three appearances for England during his time with the club.

Dublin continued to impress at Villa Park hitting double figures in his first two seasons with the West Midlands club and helped them reach the 2000 FA Cup final where they were beaten by Chelsea.

The striker would go on to net his 100th Premier League goal with Villa, finishing with a tally of 111 top-flight strikes and departed the club after six seasons, joining hometown side Leicester City in June 2004.

After two seasons with the Foxes in the Championship, Dublin was snapped up by Celtic in January 2006, where he won the Scottish League Cup, scoring in the final against Dunfermline, and the Scottish Premier League before being released at the end of the season.

He returned to Norwich in September 2006 making 79 appearances and scoring 16 goals across two seasons at Carrow Road, helping the club preserve their Championship status in his first season back in East Anglia.

Dublin picked up Norwich’s Player of the Season award in his final campaign as a player and following his retirement has been inducted into the Sky Blues Hall of Fame.

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Match Officials

Darren Drysdale will be the man in the middle on Saturday lunchtime, taking charge of his 15th game of the 2020/21 season.

He last refereed the Sky Blues in December 2019 when City played out a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at St Andrew’s in League One.

This will be Drysdale’s 16th season as a Football League referee and he has officiated the Sky Blues on 13 occasions, with City winning six, drawing five and losing two of those matches.

So far, Drysdale has awarded 33 yellow cards and one red card across 14 matches in League One, League Two, the Emirates FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy

He will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Adrian Waters with Paul Howard acting as fourth official.


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