Norwich City went into their FA cup tie 0n Saturday as favourites to beat Championship side Leicester, but a changed side could not take the yellows to the quarter finals.
Club captain Grant Holt was rested as was goalkeeper John Ruddy, allowing youngster Jed Steer to ply his trade between the sticks. Wes Hoolahan started along with Leon Barnett after a period on the sidelines, and James Vaughan made the bench after 5 months out with injury.
From the first whistle it was Leicester who flew out of the traps, grabbing an early goal through Sean St Ledger. The blues won 3 corners in a row, with the third being nodded home well. Ben Marshall got the assist and deservedly so after terrorising Norwich.
However, as everybody now knows with Norwich, you can never write them off and they equalised on 22 minutes through Saturday’s captain, Wes Hoolahan. Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel, son of Manchester United legend Peter, barged into Bennett in the penalty area as the ball was drifted in. Referee Mike Dean gave a penalty, but Hoolahan’s initial shot was saved by a solid outstretched arm. The rebound fell straight back to Hoolahan who slotted it in.
Leicester refused to be beaten and battled hard, and had strong claims for a goal moments later. The ball fell to defender Morgan who back-heeled the ball at goal. It struck Elliot Ward in the chest and was cleared, but replays show Ward was stood in the net, although it could not give a definite answer as to whether the whole ball crossed the line or not. This is one situation goal line technology could’ve resolved.
Winger Bennett then should’ve scored for Norwich, only to be denied on the line, this time by Wellens.
The game was end to end, but Leicester were the team to get the vital winning goal, when Beckford flicked the ball onto strike partner Nugent, he stepped inside defender Barnett and guided the ball past Steer.
Leicester went through to the quarter finals, something Norwich haven’t achieved for 20 years.
The Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match was Wes Hoolahan.