The FA Cup
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Preston North End 2-0 Norwich City

Paul Gallagher scored two late goals as League One Preston knocked Championship side Norwich out of the FA Cup.

The striker, who is on loan from Premier League Leicester, opened the scoring from 12 yards after 71 minutes.

He made the tie safe with five minutes remaining when he latched on to Kyel Reid's ball and fired past John Ruddy.

Norwich's best chance came in the second half when Bradley Johnson was denied a one-on-one with the keeper by Bailey Wright's superb saving tackle.

Gary Hooper also missed a good chance for the Canaries in the first half, but the visitors failed to register a single shot in target in the entire game.

For two-time winners Preston, it continues a good season in which they are third in the league and have also reached the northern final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "Deep down my priority is the league and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as we're two games away from Wembley.

"But we always pick a team to go out there and win the game. People who came into the team have been outstanding.

"Norwich had a strong team out there so for us to keep a clean sheet against them and then to create opportunities to go and win the game is a fantastic achievement."

Norwich boss Neil Adams: "We just didn't look creative. I don't know if we had a shot on target, which is a big concern for me. The game was a nothing game.

"The team we put out was a strong team and should be doing better. We were passing the ball but the cutting edge was lacking and we have to defend better than that.

"You try to take positives from the game and there aren't any you can take. The players in there want to win games and we're bitterly disappointed with that because we know we've let ourselves down."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Stuckmann
  • 15Woods
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 16Buchanan
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forHumphreyat 63'minutes
  • 22KingBooked at 76mins
  • 31Browne
  • 17ReidSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 86'minutes
  • 18LittleSubstituted forBeckfordat 63'minutes
  • 12Gallagher


  • 1Jones
  • 5Clarke
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 10Beckford
  • 40Ebanks-Blake


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 6Turner
  • 24BennettBooked at 74mins
  • 15MiquelSubstituted forLozaat 84'minutes
  • 28O'Neil
  • 8Howson
  • 22Redmond
  • 4Johnson
  • 11HooperSubstituted forLaffertyat 68'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forMurphyat 71'minutes


  • 5Martin
  • 9Lafferty
  • 16Loza
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 38McGrandles
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 2, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Calum Woods.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Buchanan.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Murphy.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Kyel Reid.

  10. Post update

    Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Preston North End 2, Norwich City 0. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyel Reid with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jamar Loza replaces Ignasi Miquel.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

  17. Booking

    Jack King (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

  19. Post update

    Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jonny Howson.