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What we love about Norwich City

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up it is Norwich City.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Time to focus on the Canaries.

Teemu Pukki: Norwich City’s cinderella season in the Premier League is in large part thanks to the heroics and scoring achievements of the Finnish wonder. Pukki scored 30 goals in all competitions last year as Norwich won promotion, and his hard running up top has led to 11 league goals in the Premier League this season. It’s an incredible change for a player who before 2016, only had more than 10 goals in a season once, playing back in Finland with HJK.

Norwich City will likely go down, but not for lack of effort from Pukki and co.

Daniel Farke: The eccentric German manager helped get Norwich City promotion to the Premier League and it seems that even with the club in serious trouble in the relegation zone, the club is sticking by Farke.

Despite playing with a majority of players who helped get the club promoted, Farke has stuck to his guns with an attacking, possession style of play – when not facing the big six – that has certainly been at times great and other times a nightmare. However, all fans have to respect a coach sticking with his or her style and believing that their methods will eventually work out.

Farke may depart at the end of the season, perhaps it’s time for a new challenge. But if not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lead Norwich City back into the Premier League, should the Canaries go down as expected.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Unique jerseys: Other than some teams away kits, no one else in the Premier League currently has as bright and provocative a uniform as Norwich City. With their bright yellow tops fading into green, the Norwich City brand is certainly recognizable by Premier League fans. The style sets Norwich apart from other clubs, who can fall into the assortment of reds, blues, or claret and blues (West Ham and Aston Villa, anyone?)

The style may adjust over time, but the colors never change. We love it that way.

Norwich City fans: Some English soccer clubs can date their origins back to the 19th century, but how many clubs and their supporters are still singing songs they sang on the terraces in the 1800’s? Just one, that we know of.

For more than 120 years, soccer fans in East Anglia – northeast of London, where Norwich is located, have been singing “On the ball, city” over and over again to support their team. According to Norwich City, it’s thought to be the oldest soccer chant in the world.

Norwich City supporters stay with their club, win or lose, just like this song.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Norwich City fans wave flags during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road on February 15, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Henderson, Sharp help Blades past Norwich City

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Someone old and someone (relatively) new led Sheffield United past Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday at Bramall Lane.

Veteran Billy Sharp scored a first-half goal and young loanee Dean Henderson made key saves as Blades rose sixth with 43 points.

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Norwich City couldn’t make it two wins on the bounce, and the Canaries sit six points clear of the drop zone.

Three things we learned

1. Henderson stands tall (even while stooping low): The Manchester United loanee made four saves, all of them inside the box in laying further claim to an England spot. He’s also raising his price tag and perhaps forcing his parent club to consider his future. Look at this late work on Saturday.

2. Canaries a bit better, but missing edge: Norwich came close to a result, even managing five shots on target to the hosts’ four. They took 12 shots to United’s 10 and has 59 percent of the ball, though there will be few moral victories this close to relegation and the end of the season.

3. Sharp edge to the hosts: The Blades’ 34-year-old striker snared another big goal. He only has three this season, but two provided wins after the first was an point-earning marker in United’s first match back in the top flight. He knows his way around the box, with 243 senior goals.

Man of the Match: Henderson

Max Aarons was injured early for the Canaries.

Teemu Pukki smashed a chance off the back post on an early Norwich corner.

Blades had the first two shots on target of the match including Sharp’s goal, the 34-year-old scoring for the third time in four matches across all competitions.

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John Lundstram collected the assist, another strong step in reclaiming his midfield place following the signing of Sander Berge.

Blades defender Chris Basham came closest to making it 2-0 in the second half, and Henderson’s double save was the other flash point of the second frame.

FA Cup Draw: Chelsea draw Leicester; Man City visit Newcastle

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Four of the “Big Six” clubs from previous seasons have a chance to make the FA Cup semifinals after the quarterfinal draw took place on Wednesday night.

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Holders Manchester City was drawn at Newcastle United, Chelsea was drawn at Leicester City, and Arsenal was drawn at high flying Sheffield United. Either Manchester United or Derby, who face off on Thursday, will visit Norwich for the final match of the quarterfinals.

Earlier this season, Newcastle played to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Manchester City, as Jonjo Shelvey scored a dramatic game-tying goal in the 88th minute. Arsenal nearly lost to Sheffield United in January, which sets up a fantastic rematch in March. Chelsea and Leicester City meanwhile are neck and neck in the Premier League table, so it will be interesting to see how strong of a lineup they select in this upcoming matchup.

Meanwhile, Manchester United could put away former star and captain Wayne Rooney and Derby, and make it an all-Premier League quarterfinals. However, Rooney could have one last word to say against his former club.

The matches for the FA Cup quarterfinals will be played between March 20 through March 22.

FA Cup Wrap: Norwich stun Spurs

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For the first time in almost three decades, Norwich City is in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Todd Cantwell converted his penalty kick while Tim Krul saved Gedson Fernandez’ attempt to give Norwich City a 3-2 win on penalty kicks over Tottenham on Wednesday at the remodeled White Hart Lane.

With the defeat, Spurs hope for a trophy this season dwindles, as the Premier League is surely out of reach at this point. Norwich meanwhile has even more to play for now with their Premier League struggles gobbling up most of their mental energy.

Elsewhere, holders Manchester City came through a tough road tie at Sheffield Wednesday to win, 1-0, while Leicester City scored late to beat Birmingham City.

Here’s a look at Wednesday evening’s action:

Tottenham 1-1 Norwich City (Norwich advance, 3-2, on penalty kicks)

Mired in a relegation battle and six points from safety, Norwich City gave its fans a memory they soon won’t forget.

After Josip Drmic bundled home a parried shot in the 78th minute, the extra time periods remained scoreless, leading to a penalty kick shootout to decide who was moving on. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen‘s 13th minute header at the far post initially put the struggling Spurs on the board.

In the shootout, Eric Dier and Giovani Lo Celso scored for Tottenham, but Erik Lamela and Troy Parrott couldn’t score, with Lamela’s shot pinging out off the crossbar and Parrott’s shot saved. That left it up to Gedson Fernandes, who’s shot was saved by Tim Krul for the win. After the big save, Krul sprinted the length of the field to celebrate with the Norwich supporters.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City

Time and time again, Sergio Aguero comes up with timely goals in important moments for Manchester City.

On a night when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Wildsmith kept almost everything out of the net, the ageless Aguero snuck a shot past Joseph Wildsmith to help lead Manchester City to the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Manchester City had chance after chance to open the game up but they couldn’t succeed other than Aguero, leading to an irate manager Pep Guardiola on the sidelines. However, Man City kept up the pressure, even with the late introduction of Raheem Sterling to the match, and held on to advance.

Leicester City 1-0 Birmingham City 0

Brendan Rodger’s side picked up its first win since late January in all competitions as the Foxes came through to beat Championship side Birmingham City.

Neither side could create many opportunities, but eventually it was the two Leicester City fullbacks who made the difference for the hosts. After Ben Chillwell charged forward and crossed towards the right, the ball eventually ended up with Mark Albrighton. After holding off his defender, he chipped a ball into the right side of the box, which Ricardo Pereira headed home to give the Foxes the win.

FOLLOW LIVE: Man City, Leicester Spurs in FA Cup 5th round

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The fifth round of the FA Cup continues with three more ties featuring four Premier League sides on Wednesday.

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Manchester City, the defending holders, are set to visit EFL Championship side Sheffield Wednesday; Leicester City will host Championship side Birmingham City; and Tottenham Hotspur will host Norwich City in the only all-PL clash of the day.

Four PL sides — Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Sheffield United — reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with victories on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s FA Cup schedule — all games at 2:45 p.m. ET

Sheffield Wednesday v. Manchester City
Leicester City v. Birmingham City
Tottenham Hotspur v. Norwich City