Norwich progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win over fellow Premier League outfit Burnley in a lifeless Turf Moor.
The away side were playing like they were the ones at home. The Canaries had the best chances, with Drmic missing a few guilt edged opportunities, and dominated possession. City didn’t have anything to show for their dominance at the interval and it was looking like Norwich were going to let their chances go to waste.
It didn’t take many second half minutes for the Canaries to take the lead through centre back Hanley, though. The former Blackburn man was booed at times, but silenced those noises with a brilliant header across goal and Hart, who has struggled for game time this season, didn’t even move.
The second came shortly after. Mario Vrancic crossed the ball in, Rupp shot but Hart made the save. In the saving the ball, Hart only put it into the path of Drmic who couldn’t miss.
Burnley pulled one back through Pieters who seems to have a knack for scoring in the FA Cup. The ball fell to him on the edge of the area, and the Dutchman hit a beautiful shot to give Fahrmann no chance.
With that in mind, here are our player ratings…
The German has struggled with injuries this season but he was given the chance and he took with a decent display. His distribution was faultless all game and when called into action, he did very little wrong. He did struggle with crosses into his area which Burnley failed to exploit enough.
Almost scored his first goal in the colours of yellow and green but was denied by a spectacular goal line clearance from Tarkouski. He did struggle with former Canary Brady though and allowed the Irishman to get the better of him on many occasions.
He was good with the ball apart from a small blip where he almost set Rodriguez away with a dodgy back pass and didn’t put a defensive foot wrong all game.
The former Blackburn man was one of the best players on the pitch yesterday. He loved defending against the physical side of Burnley’s game and was pretty much unbeatable in the air. He capped his impressive performance off with a tricky headed goal from a Vrancic free kick.
The Northern Irishman had acres of space on the left and he used it well, often bringing the ball forward before passing to create City attacks. Defensively, the birthday boy was largely untested.
He offered more of an attacking threat than Tettey would but wasn’t as good off a no nonsense tough tackler as the Norewegian has been recently. He gave the ball away for Burnley’s only goal of the afternoon but apart from that, it was a good day’s work.
His delivery from set plays were on point all game and his passing was sublime. The Bosnian born midfielder was also heavily involved in both the Canaries goals with him getting the direct assist with a curled free kick onto the head of Hanley and putting the ball into the path of Rupp for the second. He almost got a goal that his performance merited when he slalomed through the Clarets area but was tackled after a heavy touch.
He was quick and direct whilst also having the final ball that he’s lacked lately in the Premier League. The Cuban tested Hart with a stinging shot from outside the area but the former England goalkeeper passes the test.
He was brilliant in the last round but against Premier League opposition he looked out of his depth. Sloppy passing and heavy touches summed up a poor afternoon in the north west.
City’s new recruit looks to be a comfortable dribbler who also has an eye for the pass. He’s a technically gifted player that Norwich have lacked in numbers this season.
The Swiss looked eager to impress and maybe that’s why he missed so many chances. He did cause the Burnley defence a few problems and got the second goal with an easy tap in.