A day to forget for Norwich City as both Emi Buendia and Josip Drmic left their squad vulnerable after they faced red cards in the first half
45′ +4 Chris Wood broke the stalemate to give Burnley the lead with an overhead kick inside the penalty box.
81′ Ben Godfrey, Norwich, accidentally slotted the ball past his own goalkeeper as he tried to get the loose ball under control
Confirmed to be relegated, Norwich City started with the star-shaped, 4-2-3-1, formation with Drmic being the lone striker upfront, while Burnley played with the standard, 4-4-2, formation.
A stalemate remained as the game reached the 10-minute mark with both Norwich and Burnley being able to push into their opposing third, seemingly with ease. However, neither team were able to find a breakthrough to get their game going.
A close call for Norwich as we neared the first drink’s break of the game. From the left corner, the ball flew into the centre of the box as Godfrey dived to head the ball towards the goal. However, it was pushed away by Burnley Goalkeeper, Nick Pope, towards the feet of Norwich’s Kenny McLean just inside the box, who sent it goal-wards to no success.
A wasted free kick from Norwich that was between the box and center line, which was taken by Buendia but the Argentinian slipped onto his back as he kicked the ball into the box. This poor free kick was easily cleared by the Clarets midfielder, Dwight McNeil.
35′ Red card for Norwich, After an altercation between Buendia and Burnley’s Ashley Westwood. The Argentine was seen hitting his elbow against the back of Westwood’s neck after it seemed the Clarets player prevented the Canaries player from defending. The stoppage in play was checked by VAR but required the referee, Kevin Friend, to inspect himself which resulted in the Argentinian being sent off the pitch.
45′ +2 – Another red card for Norwich as Drmic lunged a late tackle on Eric Peters which left Burnley with a significant advantage over the already-relegated side.
45′ +4 – Chris Wood broke the deadlock for the Clarets after a free kick which followed Dmric’s red card at the halfway line. Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, collected the ball from outside the box and sent it back in towards the penalty spot, which was met with Wood’s overhead bicycle kick and into the back of the net.
Half time: Burnley 1 – Norwich 0
Norwich parked and locked the bus as the second half got underway, with nine men that remained on the field for the relegated team, it was clear they were playing a defensive 4-4 formation.
However, Wood made a horrible attempt to try and double Burnley’s lead as the ball was delivered in from Westwood and the right-forward couldn’t connect the ball to his laces and sent the ball wide which didn’t threaten Norwich’s goalkeeper, Tim Krul.
In the run up to the final drinks break, Burnley pressed their advantage against Norwich as they looked to double their lead. However, the Canaries defended well to only keep the goal deficit down to one, despite being two men down.
81′ Own goal was made by Norwich at the hands of Godfrey as the ball was sent in by McNeil on the left wing. However, the center-back, who was unchallenged, tried to control the ball but ended up sending it into his own net. Burnley 2 – Norwich 0.
84′ Onel Hernandez, Norwich, tried to bring the scoreline back to one after he collected the ball to his feet outside the box and attempted to send it over the ‘keeper’s head. Unfortunately, Pope was able to get his hands to it and deflected it out for a corner kick. Ultimately, nothing came from it.
Despite being a squad of nine men and the late own goal, Norwich defended very well in the second half of the game while Burnley seemed to comfortably pressure the relegated side with some close calls of a second goal.
Full time: Burnley 2 – Norwich 0
- Christoph Zimmermann on for Timm Klose.
- Lukas Rupp on for Todd Cantwell
- Adam Idah on for Onel Hernandez
- Mario Vrancic on for Alexander Tettey
- Robert Brady on for Guomundsson.
- Matej Vydra on for Chris Wood