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Burnley 1-2 Norwich: FA Cup run could help Norwich avoid relegation says boss Daniel Farke

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Highlights: Burnley 1-2 Norwich City

Norwich boss Daniel Farke hopes his side's FA Cup run can help them in their Premier League relegation battle after they won at Burnley to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2011-12.

The Canaries are six points adrift at the bottom and made seven changes for Saturday's tie, which attracted a crowd of just 8,071 to Turf Moor but showcased some excellent attacking football, mainly from the visitors.

After missing a number of clear-cut chances in the first half, the Canaries took the lead through a Grant Hanley header from a free-kick before Josip Drmic marked his first City start with a goal three minutes later.

Burnley had missed chances of their own, but hit back when Erik Pieters fired in from the edge of the box.

But the Clarets were unable to find a leveller as City demonstrated a stubbornness that will serve them well if they can transfer it consistently to their league performances.

"My feeling is it could have a really positive influence on the league because it's good for the rhythm and confidence of the players who have not been so involved in recent weeks," said Farke.

"It's another great away win after a really top-class performance against Tottenham [in a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday] with an unlucky outcome, so we are heading totally in the right direction.

"We were able to bring this tight result over the line in a cool and composed manner. We never had the feeling there would be an equaliser, and that was because of our focus and discipline."

The Canaries will discover their fifth-round opponents when the draw is made on Monday night on The One Show on BBC One.

Norwich find comfort in the cup

Firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, Norwich clearly have more pressing matters to attend to this season.

But free of the pressures of playing for their top-flight survival and perhaps seeing this as something of a free hit, the Canaries tore into this encounter, producing a display full of attacking intent, although it did initially lack the kind of clinical finishing that the benched Teemu Pukki and absent Todd Cantwell would have brought to proceedings.

Pukki's replacement, Drmic, could have scored twice in the opening three minutes but fired one effort wide of the post and struck a second against the crossbar, although a late flag would have ruled out the latter had it gone in.

Then, somehow, Sam Byram failed to find the net after getting in down the right, with James Tarkowski chesting his shot off the line, before Onel Hernandez and Lukas Rupp drew fine saves from Hart with a swerving long-range drive.

But they were shown the way in the second half by the unlikely figure of Hanley, who landed the first punch of a devastating quick-fire one-two from which the home side were unable to fully recover.

Drmic couldn't miss for the second, poking the ball into an empty net from near point-blank range after Joe Hart had parried Rupp's chipped effort.

It wasn't as comfortable as they would have hoped for the remainder thanks to Pieters' contribution, but they continued to press forward and could well have had the final word had Hart not produced a fine low save to block a shot from the freshly introduced Pukki.

Another cup run ends early for Burnley

The Clarets came into this game in arguably their best shape of the season following back-to-back Premier League wins against Leicester and Manchester United.

They made two changes fewer than the visitors, retaining the strikeforce of Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez that served them so well at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

But they lacked their usual creativity out wide in the absence of the rested Dwight McNeil and were unable to match Norwich chance for chance.

That said, they could easily have led in the game, but Rodriguez placed a shot too close to Ralf Fahrmann in the early stages and Tarkowski headed against the crossbar from a corner.

Pieters gave them hope when he lashed in a fine strike from the edge of the box with 18 minutes left, but they were unable to follow it up as the visitors had their own first goal.

"The first half was a bit of a ding-dong and in the second half we huffed and puffed but we couldn't find the quality we needed, and we let two soft goals in," said Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

"I thought we'd be strong today and I was really confident with the way the week had gone.

"It's disappointing because at the end of the day the only thing we haven't had here is a really strong cup run, and I thought going into this game there was such a good feeling.

"But it's just logic. It's not about the FA Cup - I've had great times in the cup as a player - but the Premier League is so powerful now and our part in it is so important."

The FA Cup has not been great to Burnley, with them last lifting the trophy in 1914 and only making it to the quarter-finals once since 1983.

It was perhaps this record and the fact that the Clarets have more important matters still to deal with in the Premier League that convinced many of the regular supporters to give this a miss, with Turf Moor just over a third full.

Man of the match - Grant Hanley (Norwich)

Grant Hanley
Hanley said afterwards that scoring the opening goal was one of his "most satisfying moments on a football pitch" after he received stick from the Burnley fans for his Blackburn past. Needless to say, he had the last laugh

What's next?

Both sides are back in Premier League action at the weekend. Norwich play first, at Newcastle on Saturday at 15:00 GMT. Burnley are at home on Sunday, when Arsenal are the visitors to Turf Moor for a 14:00 kick-off.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 20Hart
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 28LongBooked at 68mins
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Lennon
  • 4CorkSubstituted forHendrickat 65'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 12BradySubstituted forMcNeilat 80'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forVydraat 65'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11McNeil
  • 13Hendrick
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 27Vydra
  • 34Dunne
  • 44Goodridge

Norwich

  • 21Fährmann
  • 3Byram
  • 5HanleyBooked at 70mins
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 44mins
  • 12Lewis
  • 8Vrancic
  • 19Trybull
  • 7Rupp
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 17minsSubstituted forDudaat 81'minutes
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forMcLeanat 84'minutes
  • 20DrmicSubstituted forPukkiat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Aarons
  • 22Pukki
  • 23McLean
  • 25Duda
  • 27Tettey
  • 33McGovern
  • 56Martin
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
8,071

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Norwich City 2.

Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

Sam Byram (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Teemu Pukki replaces Josip Drmic.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kenny McLean replaces Onel Hernández.

Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ondrej Duda replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Dwight McNeil replaces Robbie Brady.

Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josip Drmic (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 1, Norwich City 2. Erik Pieters (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kevin Long.

Attempt blocked. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Kevin Long (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Jack Cork.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Chris Wood.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Norwich City 2. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Norwich City 1. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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