The FA Cup - Third Round
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Norwich City 2-0 Coventry City: Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill goals put Canaries through

Two goals in 80 seconds early in the first half helped a much-changed Norwich beat Coventry to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

The Canaries went ahead after six minutes when Todd Cantwell's first-time ball was finished off by Kenny McLean.

Coventry found themselves two down a minute later when Jordan Hugill glanced home Przemyslaw Placheta's cross.

Maxime Biamou had several chances for the visitors but found young goalkeeper Daniel Barden in fine form.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke made seven changes for the Championship leaders, with top scorer Teemu Pukki and playmaker Emiliano Buendia kept on the bench.

The Sky Blues made a fast start with Biamou dragging a shot wide before Barden, standing in for Covid-hit regular goalkeeper Tim Krul, denied Callum O'Hare inside five minutes.

But their defence was caught cold when Placheta cut in from the left to find Cantwell, who sent a deft pass through the defence to McLean to finish past Ben Wilson.

The Polish winger was also involved in the second goal, sending in a dangerous cross to the near post which Hugill gleefully nodded in to leave the visitors stunned.

Coventry carved out some good openings in a strong start to the second period, with Biamou twice being denied by fine saves from Barden, who excelled in the Canaries goal.

Pukki and Buendia entered the fray with 13 minutes remaining and the Finnish striker almost made it three but saw his shot come back off the post.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke:

"Daniel [Barden] made some really good saves in the second half and that will only be good for his confidence and will improve his standing in the group.

"I think it was a perfect afternoon for us. We made progress in the FA Cup, which is the most important thing, scored two good goals and kept a clean sheet and I will take that all day long.

"We were also able to give several players who needed a game some action while resting some others after a busy workload, so there are many things to be pleased about."

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins:

"We had a couple of really good chances before they scored and we were really on top in that period. Then they get a goal, really out of nothing.

"The second half was a lot better but in terms of when we get chances, we've not worked the goalkeeper hard enough.

"Really, everything has gone straight at him - apart from one Max Biamou had, where he's made a really good save."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 50Barden
  • 26MumbaSubstituted forAaronsat 62'minutes
  • 6ZimmermannSubstituted forHanleyat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 34Gibson
  • 16Quintillá
  • 27Tettey
  • 14CantwellBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBuendíaat 72'minutes
  • 19Lungi SørensenSubstituted forSkippat 88'minutes
  • 23McLeanBooked at 53mins
  • 11Placheta
  • 9HugillSubstituted forPukkiat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 8Vrancic
  • 17Buendía
  • 20Skipp
  • 22Pukki
  • 25Hernández
  • 52McCracken
  • 53Omotoye

Coventry

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Wilson
  • 2Østigard
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 29Da Costa
  • 38HamerBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBapagaat 78'minutes
  • 14SheafSubstituted forJamesat 69'minutes
  • 18Giles
  • 11O'Hare
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forEcclesat 79'minutes
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forBakayokoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Camp
  • 23Dabo
  • 25James
  • 27Thompson
  • 28Eccles
  • 33Kastaneer
  • 41Bapaga
Referee:
Darren Drysdale

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 2, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Xavi Quintillá.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Will Bapaga (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Amadou Bakayoko.

  6. Post update

    Max Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Will Bapaga (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Julien Da Costa with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Oliver Skipp replaces Jacob Lungi Sørensen.

  10. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Hare (Coventry City).

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Xavi Quintillá (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

    Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ryan Giles.

  18. Post update

    Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julien Da Costa (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matty James.

  20. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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