NORWICH CITY v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Capital One Cup 3rd Round
The game will be the 60th league and cup meeting
between the two clubs. The Baggies currently lead the way in the victory
stakes with 25 wins compared to the Canaries' 19.
The clubs have met four times previously in League
Cup action and Albion have yet to record a victory - drawing twice and losing
Albion's last game on this date came in 2006 when
goals from Darren Carter and Zoltan Gera earned the Baggies a point from a 2-2
draw against Luton Town in a Championship clash at Kenilworth Road. The club's
last win on September 23 came in 2003 when a Gary Megson-led side beat
Hartlepool United 2-1 in a Carling Cup 2nd round tie at Victoria Park, Neil
Clement and Rob Hulse the Albion goalscorers.
City's last game on this date came last year, also
in the Capital One Cup, the Canaries crashing out of the competition following a
1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town.
Albion are looking to record five successive clean
sheets for the first time since January / February 2002.
Albion's last six games:
Aston Villa (A) 1-0; Southampton (H) 0-0;
Stoke City (A) 1-0; Port Vale
(H, LC) 0-0 aet, WBA
won 5-3 on pens; Chelsea (H) 2-3;
Watford (A) 0-0.
City's last six games: Liverpool (A) 1-1;
Bournemouth (H) 3-1; Southampton (A) 0-3; Rotherham United (A, LC) 2-1; Stoke
City (H) 1-1; Sunderland (A) 3-1.
Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will make changes for the
trip to Carrow Road after revealing that a number of players are carrying knocks
picked up in the weekend's win at Villa Park. Anders Lindegaard is expected to
make his debut in goal whilst James Chester, Craig Gardner, Callum McManaman and
Rickie Lambert are all expected to start.
On-loan Congo forward Dieumerci
Mbokani is in line for a first start for the Canaries whilst Martin Olsson is
fit again after injury and should feature with City boss Alex Neil also expected
to use a number of fringe players.
Albion Win: 12/5, Norwich City Win: 23/20, Draw:
Lambert 7/1, Berahino 7/1, Rondon 7/1, Anichebe 15/2, McManaman10/1, Gnabry
10/1, Sessegnon 10/1, McClean 11/1, Gardner 12/1, Morrison 12/1, Brunt 16/1,
Dawson 20/1, McAuley 20/1, Fletcher 25/1, Chester 25/1, Yacob 33/1.
Norwich City: Mbokani 5/1, Lafferty 5/1, Jerome
11/2, Grabban 6/1, Redmond 15/2, Howson 8/1, Hoolahan 8/1, Bennett 9/1, Jarvis
9/1, Dorrans 10/1, Brady 10/1, O'Neil 16/1, Tettey 20/1, Whittaker 20/1, Martin
25/1, Bennett 25/1, Wisdom 33/1, Olsson 33/1, Bassong 33/1.
No goalscorer: 9/1.
Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Pawson has taken charge of two previous Albion
games, both taking place last season and both ending in defeat for the Baggies -
the 3-2 loss at Queens Park Rangers in December and the 2-0 defeat at home to
Newcastle United in November.
The South Yorkshire official last took charge of a
Norwich game back in February 2014 - their 1-0 win over Spurs at Carrow Road.
Pawson has handed out 27 yellow cards but no red
in the six games he has refereed so far this season.
A full run-down of Pawson's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found here
Albion were handed an initial
allocation of 1,000 tickets, priced at £10 adults and £1 Under-17s.
Light cloud, 14°C.
The first competitive meeting between the two sides came in a 2nd round FA Cup
tie at The Hawthorns in February 1907. Charles 'Chippy' Simmons scored the only
goal of the game as the Baggies won 1-0.
Albion first met City in league action during the 1938/39 season. The first
game at Carrow Road in September ended with the visitors running out 3-2
winners, Meynell Burgin (2) and Harry Jones with the Albion goals. The return
game at The Hawthorns in April saw the Baggies complete the double over Norwich
with a 4-2 win, W.G. Richardson and George Banks hitting two goals each.
Albion's biggest win against City is
5-1 - a scoreline achieved twice, the first time in a Texaco Cup game at
The Hawthorns in 1974 and more recently in a League Division One fixture
in 1996, again at The Hawthorns. Ian Hamilton and Andy Hunt both scoring
twice in the latter fixture.
The Baggies' biggest win at Norwich
came in February 1997 when a Paul Peschisolido hat-trick helped Ray
Harford's men to a 4-2 victory.
Albion's heaviest ever defeat against City
came in May 2013 at Carrow Road when a Steve Clarke-led team lost 4-0, the goals
coming from Snodgrass, Holt, Howson and a Gareth McAuley own goal.
Albion have a good recent league record
against Norwich, winning six of the last nine meetings between the two clubs.
The Baggies have also won on four of their last five visits to Carrow Road.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
PREVIOUS LEAGUE CUP MEETINGS
Wednesday 7th November 1979
Norwich City 3-0 Albion
League Cup 4th round replay
Norwich City: Keelan, Ryan, Downs,
McGuire, Brown, Powell, Goble, Reeves, Fashanu, Paddon, Peters. Goalscorers:
Reeves 2, McGuire.
Albion: Godden, Trewick, Statham, Mills, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A
Brown, Regis, Owen (Barnes) T Brown.
Wednesday 31st October 1979
Albion 0-0 Norwich City
League Cup 4th round
Godden, Trewick, Statham, Mills, Wile, Robertson,
Robson, A Brown, Regis, Owen, T Brown.
Norwich City: Keelan, Bond, Downs, Taylor (Jones), Brown, Powell, Goble,
Reeves, Fashanu, Paddon, Peters.
Wednesday 16th October 1974
Norwich City 2-0 Albion (after extra-time)
League Cup 3rd round replay
Norwich City: Keelan, Butler, Sullivan, Morris, Forbes, Stringer, Machin,
MacDougall, Boyer, Suggett, Powell. Goalscorers: Macdougall, Boyer.
Albion: Latchford, Nisbet, Wilson, Cantello, Wile, Robertson, Glover,
Shaw, Mayo (Donaghy), Hughes, Johnston.
Wednesday 9th October 1974
Albion 1-1 Norwich City
League Cup 3rd round
Albion: Latchford, Nisbet, Wilson, Cantello, Wile, Robertson, Glover, T
Brown, Mayo, Merrick, Johnston. Goalscorer: Stringer (own goal).
Norwich City: Keelan, Butler, Sullivan, Morris, Benson, Stringer, Grapes,
MacDougall, Boyer, Suggett, Powell. Goalscorer: Boyer.
(Click on game to view)
Sunday 12 May 2013 - Norwich City 4-0 Albion - Premier League - Carrow Road
Saturday 7 December 2013 - Albion 0-2 Norwich City - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Monday 9 April 2007 - Norwich City 1-2 Albion - League Championship - Carrow Road
Wednesday 18 December 1996 - Albion 5-1 Norwich City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 13 January 1979 - Norwich City 1-1 Albion - First Division - Carrow Road
Saturday 21 April 1973 - Albion 0-1 Norwich City - First Division - The Hawthorns
LAST MEETING AT CARROW ROAD
City 0-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 5th April 2014,
Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong
(c), M Olsson (Gutierrez 80); Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan (Redmond 64);
Elmander (Becchio 70), Hooper. Subs not used: Bunn (gk), Whittaker,
Johnson, van Wolfswinkel.
Tettey 44 (foul)
Foster; Reid, McAuley,
J Olsson (c), Ridgewell; Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans (Gera 77 (O’Neil
83)); Sessegnon; Vydra (Berahino 70). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Thievy,
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Durham)
West Brom put a troubled week
behind them with a 1-0 win at struggling
to boost their Barclays Premier League survival hopes. Saido Berahino was left
on the West Brom bench and James Morrison started in midfield as Pepe Mel's side
showed a united front following reports of dressing room unrest in the wake of
last weekend's 3-3 draw at Cardiff. There was no late drama in Norfolk though,
where a fine goal from Morgan Amalfitano on 16 minutes proved enough to settle
what was for most a scrappy affair, although
did twice hit the woodwork in the second half. A second successive defeat for
the Canaries - whose players had offered to refund the away supporters at
Swansea last weekend - was met by loud boos at the final whistle, and leaves
Chris Hughton's men still looking anxious over their shoulders ahead of games
against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey
had cracked in a brilliant 25-yard effort in the last match here against
Sunderland, but the Norway international's radar was off range when trying his
luck from a similar distance early on. At the other end, an angled 20-yard drive
from Graham Dorrans was well held by John Ruddy, before Amalfitano sliced his
shot into the side-netting after a quick break down the West Brom right. On 12
minutes, Johan Elmander crashed the ball high into the Barclay End after a
deflected cross from Robert Snodgrass fell into his path on the edge of the West
Brom penalty area. It proved a costly miss, as the visitors went up the other
end and swept into the lead on 16 minutes. The ball was worked back inside from
the left, and as full-back Martin Olsson slipped at the edge of the penalty
area, Amalfitano skipped through before sliding a low shot across goal and into
the far corner. Norwich had not lost at Carrow Road in 2014 and needed a
response to lift the silenced home faithful, clappers and all. West Brom,
though, remained comfortable in possession, determined to keep hold of their
advantage. It was almost 2-0 when a deep free-kick floated right through the
Norwich penalty area and Jonas Olsson just failed to connect at the far post.
Norwich had Ruddy to thank when he blocked Matej Vydra's close-range effort
after the visitors broke quickly down the left on a counter following a corner.
It was then the turn of the West Brom keeper to produce a fabulous stop after 38
minutes as he made a superb reaction save to tip away a glancing header from
Elmander after Gary Hooper's flick-on. Loud boos greeted the half-time whistle,
leaving manager Hughton in no doubt of what was needed in his team-talk.
The Canaries boss sent the same
XI out for the restart and did at least get something of a response as West Brom
were forced on to the back foot. On 57 minutes, the ball dropped to Hooper at
the back of a crowded six-yard box and the former Celtic striker was unfortunate
to see his angled drive hit the woodwork. Foster then turned a clever 25-yard
floated free-kick from Snodgrass up on to the crossbar as finally
Norwich asked some questions of the
West Brom rearguard. Hughton
made a positive change on 64 minutes as England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond
replaced Wes Hoolahan. Snodgrass cut into the right side of the box after good
hold-up play by Hooper, but could only slice his shot wide. Berahino replaced
Vydra on 71 minutes and the forward was soon in the action as he dragged a
half-hearted effort wide following a quick break down the left. Norwich sent on
both Luciano Becchio and then Jonas Gutierrez as the hosts toiled for an
equaliser. West Brom midfielder Dorrans was replaced by Zoltan Gera, who then
himself had to go off because of injury as Liam O'Neil came on for the final
eight minutes. Berahino waltzed into the Norwich box in stoppage time, but his
near post shot was saved by Ruddy.
Glasgow-born Graham Dorrans joined Albion
from Livingston in the summer of 2008 and went on to make 189 appearances for
the Baggies over the next seven years. He was a vital figure in Roberto Di
Matteo's promotion-winning side of 2010, the midfielder hitting 18 goals in a
memorable season. In February 2015, Dorrans joined the Canaries on loan until
the end of the 2014/15 season, eventually going on to make the move permanent in
May 2015 for a rumoured fee of £3million.
Youssouf Mulumbu joined Albion in February
2009, initially on loan, from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. He made a
permanent move to The Hawthorns in July 2009 for a fee of £175,000. The
Zaire-born midfielder was a key figure as the Baggies finally established
themselves as a Premier League force, making 211 appearances for the club before
leaving for Norwich on a free transfer at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom spent the
2014/15 season on loan at The Hawthorns before joining Norwich on a similar deal
for the 2015/16 campaign.
Norwich goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely spent
four years as a player with Albion before moving onto the coaching staff. He
left The Hawthorns in January 2015 following the appointment of Tony Pulis as
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Mark Barham, Leon Barnett, Geoff Barnsley, Trevor Benjamin, Ron Bradley,
Lee Camp, Paul Crichton, David Cross, John Deehan, Fernando Derveld, Edgar
Duffett, Robert Earnshaw, Jimmy
Edwards, Ken Foggo, Ruel Fox, Asa Hartford, John Hartson, Gerry Howshall,
Andy Johnson, James Lamberton, Lee Marshall, Denis Parnell, Paul Peschisolido, Mike Phelan,
Mel Rees, Colin Suggett,
Billy Taylor, Andy Townsend, Steve Walford and Brian Whitehouse.
Former City player Gary Megson managed both clubs as
did Archie Macaulay and Ron Saunders; Steve Walford,
who spent a brief period on loan at The Hawthorns during 1989, was City's
assistant manager during Martin O'Neill's reign at the club; Albion winger
of the 1950s George Lee was later a trainer / coach at Carrow Road;
Former Albion trainer Dick Graham played for City during World War
2; John Deehan played for both clubs and managed City.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NORWICH CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NORWICH CITY
Sat 05 Apr 2014
Sat 07 Dec 2013
Sun 12 May 2013
Snodgrass, Holt, McAuley (og), Howson
Sat 22 Dec 2012
Gera, Lukaku - Snodgrass
Sat 28 Jan 2012
Fortuné - Holt, Jackson
Sat 14 Jan 2012
Long (pen) - Surman, Morison
Sun 11 Sep 2011
Sat 19 Apr 2008
Koren, Gera - Evans (pen)
Sat 27 Oct 2007
Mon 09 Apr 2007
Sodje, Kamara - Etuhu