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Norwich City 2-2 Southampton

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FA Cup: Norwich 2-2 Southampton highlights

Steven Naismith's injury-time header secured a replay for Championship side Norwich City against Southampton in the FA Cup third round.

Virgil van Dijk volleyed in Dusan Tadic's cross to put Southampton in front, but Steven Whittaker levelled with a penalty after Harry Lewis fouled Cameron Jerome.

Maya Yoshida's header looked to have won it for the Premier League side.

But Naismith glanced in Whittaker's cross for a dramatic equaliser.

Southampton will host the Canaries in the replay on Wednesday, 18 January.

Saints continue to slide

Saints boss Claude Puel made eight changes from their 3-0 loss against Everton, possibly with Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool in mind.

And it looked like the decision to drop defender Jose Fonte, who handed in a transfer request this week, in favour of the returning Van Dijk would pay dividends.

The Dutchman, who had served a one-match suspension, applied a composed finish to give Saints the lead and illustrated why he is in such high demand.

But with three consecutive defeats in the Premier League, Puel will be starting to come under pressure, particularly after failing to beat a second-tier side.

Debutant keeper Lewis had a rough afternoon, mis-controlling a ball and then fouling Jerome for the Norwich penalty, and a Saints defence that has now conceded 11 goals in four games failed to hold out in injury time.

A turning point for Canaries?

Whittaker penalty
Whittaker's penalty was Norwich's first goal in he FA Cup in three years

Norwich have tumbled from Championship title contenders to play-off hopefuls since the start of the season, although boss Alex Neil slightly quietened calls for his departure with a 3-0 win over Derby on Monday.

And while promotion back to the Premier League will be prioritised over an FA Cup run, Naismith's late leveller will go a long way to helping Neil win back the favour of an increasingly disgruntled Canaries fan base.

Carrow Road is regularly sold out for league matches, but the stadium was half-full, with sections of supporters unhappy at the £25 ticket price.

The fact that Norwich had failed to win 14 of their last 18 third-round FA Cup matches may have contributed towards the antipathy.

But the home side's determination, shown by Jerome's closing down of the keeper to win the penalty and the spirit to equalise at the end, suggest the Canaries may be able to rekindle their form in the league.

Manager reaction

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "At times we could have played better but the pleasing thing is to get the response. We worked to the end.

"Steven Naismith worked his socks off and really deserved his goal. I'm delighted for him.

"A draw was probably a fair result. We wanted to carry on the momentum from Derby and with the late equaliser this was a positive result."

Southampton boss Claude Puel: "It's difficult to accept this because I think it's always difficult to play away against a Championship team.

"I think we have had control of the game and have scored two fantastic goals through Virgil and Maya.

"It's a pity and we find it difficult to take this goal in the last minute. I think it's our fault and that these possibilities happen.

"It's without a week of recovery and work, but it's our fault and it's important to have a good answer in the next game against Norwich."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 15KloseSubstituted forBennettat 69'minutes
  • 3Olsson
  • 27TetteyBooked at 58mins
  • 8Howson
  • 31MurphySubstituted forMurphyat 69'minutes
  • 7Naismith
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forLaffertyat 79'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 11Jarvis
  • 13Jones
  • 19Lafferty
  • 22Murphy
  • 24Bennett
  • 30Morris
  • 35Godfrey

Southampton

  • 41Lewis
  • 24Stephens
  • 3Yoshida
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 18ReedSubstituted forRomeuat 63'minutes
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 39SimsBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRedmondat 79'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forRodriguezat 63'minutes
  • 11Tadic

Substitutes

  • 4Clasie
  • 8Davis
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 14Romeu
  • 22Redmond
  • 28Taylor
  • 38McQueen
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
12,479

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Southampton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Southampton 2.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Southampton 2. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Whittaker with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Whittaker with a cross.

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Josh Sims.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Martin Olsson following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Josh Sims.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jacob Murphy.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jacob Murphy replaces Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Timm Klose.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 1, Southampton 2. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Stephens with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Shane Long.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Oriol Romeu replaces Harrison Reed.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Booking

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 1, Southampton 1. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Harry Lewis (Southampton) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Norwich City. Cameron Jerome draws a foul in the penalty area.

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