Peterborough United 0, Norwich City 3

Elliott Bennett opens the scoring at Peterborough United. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Elliott Bennett opens the scoring at Peterborough United. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, January 5, 2013
5:30 PM

Norwich City cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Championship side Peterborough United as attacking pair Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson made the most of their recall to the first team.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Both players scored in the opening half of the third round tie at London Road, and Robert Snodgrass wrapped things up with 20 minutes left with his fifth goal of the season, making him the Canaries’ top scorer this season.

City boss Chris Hughton made eight changes from the team beaten 2-1 at West Ham on New Year’s Day, but they still had far too much quality for a Posh side who failed to trouble goalkeeper Declan Rudd on his return to the team.

In truth, there looked to be more than one division between the two clubs as any thought of an upset was dispelled by two Norwich goals in the space of 11 first-half minutes.

Elliott Bennett opened the scoring on the half-hour after excellent work by Snodgrass, and Jackson made it 2-0 four minutes before the break with a cool finish from David Fox’s through-ball.

Snodgrass struck the third on 70 minutes from an Elliott Bennett pass to make him top scorer for the season with five, but the Canaries looked well in charge long before that.

In a much-changed line-up, Rudd replaced Mark Bunn in goal, with recalls in defence for Leon Barnett and Marc Tierney, in midfield for David Fox, Bradley Johnson, Elliott Bennett and Simon Lappin, and in attack for Simeon Jackson. Johnson returned after a one-match ban and Lappin was back from a loan spell with Cardiff.

Out completely from the Premier League defeat at Upton Park went Bunn, Michael Turner, Sebastien Bassong, Jonny Howson, nursing a knee injury, and Wes Hoolahan, while Alex Tettey, Anthony Pilkington and Harry Kane were named among the substitutes. There were also places on the bench for returning loan duo Elliott Ward and Jacob Butterfield.

Peterborough were forced into three changes after the 2-1 Championship home win over Barnsley with Gabriel Zakuani on African Nations Cup duty, Lee Tomlin suspended and Dwight Gayle cup-tied.

Into the side came Craig Alcock, Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Danny Swanson.

It was the first FA Cup meeting between the two clubs and only the third competitive meeting between them. City, skippered by Russell Martin against his former club, were backed by more than 5,000 travelling fans, but with a capacity of 14,500 for the tie, there were still plenty of gaps in home areas at kick-off.

City threatened first but Jackson’s cross from the right was overhit as Elliott Bennett, in a central role supporting the striker, raced into the area.

There was an early opening for Posh when Boyd set up Newell, whose shot was deflected wide for a corner, and soon afterwards Boyd wasted a useful chance by blazing his shot into the crowd.

Snodgrass worked a shooting opportunity but his effort struck Bostwick and from the resulting corner, Barnett headed over the top.

Johnson headed over from a Snodgrass free-kick, and then Snodgrass got his head to an Elliott Bennett cross at the far post before flattening an advertising board, with Posh having to clear hastily as the ball dropped into the six-yard box.

Elliott Bennett produced City’s best effort yet on 19 minutes when he cut in from the left and his powerful shot was tipped over by Olejnik.

Russell Martin headed over from a Snodgrass corner as Norwich continued to look more likely to score.

On the half-hour the goal City had threatened came as Elliott Bennett gave them the lead.

Snodgrass was the provider with a bit of twisting and turning in the Peterborough area, and Bennett had enough space to stab his shot past Olejnik from about six yards.

Posh made a change on 34 minutes with defender Alcock making way for striker Gordon.

Rudd plucked a cross from Little out of the air at the near post but had been a virtual spectator since the opening minutes.

Four minutes before the break, Jackson stretched the Canaries’ lead when he latched on to Fox’s long ball forward and coolly lifted the ball over the advancing Olejnik for his third goal of the season.

In first-half stoppage time, a cross by Little spelt danger but was just too strong for Rowe.

City almost made it 3-0 after Newell upended Snodgrass and the winger’s curling free-kick had to be acrobatically tipped over by Olejnik.

• Half-time: Peterborough United 0, Norwich City 2

Posh made a second change at the break with Ajose on for Knight-Percival.

Snodgrass fired wide from Russell Martin’s cross on 49 minutes as City looked to give themselves a commanding lead.

There was a third Peterborough change after 54 minutes when McCann replaced Swanson.

Elliott Bennett tried his luck from all of 35 yards, but Olejnik was right behind his shot, then Bennett was just unable to get on the end of a Martin cross.

Ajose sliced a shot into the crowd at the other end, which rather summed up Posh’s afternoon.

Johnson was also off target with a long-range effort as Norwich continued to have the lion’s share of possession.

Brisley was booked for a late challenge on Jackson before Rowe blazed a shot wide after a poor pass by Johnson.

It was effectively game over with 20 minutes left as Snodgrass slotted home his fifth goal of the season.

Elliott Bennett was the provider as his pass sent Snodgrass clear against Olejnik and he kept his cool to tuck the ball past the keeper.

It was his last involvement as he made way for Butterfield soon after play restarted.

Bostwick poked a shot wide from a McCann corner as Posh looked for a consolation goal.

Russell Martin was booked late on and Rudd finally had a save to make as Bostwick and Barnett challenged for the free-kick.

Little, Peterborough’s best performer, struck a powerful effort wide in the final seconds.

• Peterborough United: Olejnik; Alcock (Gordon, 34), Brisley, Knight-Percival (Ajose, 45); Little, Ferdinand, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe; Boyd, Swanson (McCann 54). Subs: Day, Richens, Sage, Clarke-Harris.

• Norwich City: Rudd, Russell Martin, Barnett, Ryan Bennett, Tierney; Snodgrass (Butterfield, 72), Fox, Johnson, Lappin; Jackson, Elliott Bennett. Subs (not used): Steer, Garrido, Ward, Pilkington, Tettey, Kane.

• Referee: Stuart Atwell (Warwickshire)

• Attendance: 13,198

• Goals: City: Elliott Bennett (30), Jackson (41), Snodgrass (70)

• Bookings: Posh: Bostwick (16), Brisley (66). City: Russell Martin (87)

Latest Norwich City stories

18 comments

  • Good result, but the number of times we had the ball on either wing, level with the penalty area, and not crossing because there was no one in the box gives me cause for concern. We ended passing it back into our own half and sometimes all the way back to keeper. Not really sure what our attacking philosophy is actually.

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • This game shows there is depth in the squad. As for Lawro, the league table based on his predictions has City in bottom place and QPR doing well. Hilarious!

    Report this comment

    Capri

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Only listened on Radio Partridge but it sounded comfortable. Good to see Foxy, Cinnamon, Lapps & Little Benno in the starting line-up. Hard to judge how well the rejigged defence did `cos it would seem they had not a lot to do. Snods is becoming a "big" player in the style of Hucks+a bit of extra bite - feisty guy. It was only a P`bro side not performing that well on the day, so mustn`t get too excited. Butterfield got 20 minutes!! Failed to pick up any highlights on ITV1 &ITV1+1 - blinked twice. Did see the Chelsea highlights. Interesting handball decision for Lampard`s penalty. Don`t know who ref was but wish he`d been at WHU & applied the same criteria for us! OTBC.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Once, Swiss. Once

    Report this comment

    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Our attacking philospohy is (A) get a free-kick just outside the box and let Snoddy or Pilks crack it in, (B) the defenders who are up for the kick or a corner will scramble it in or (C)........hope that Wes climbs above the defence and heads it in, it happened!

    Report this comment

    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Brew, you could have watched the game on (the first row . eu ) (no spaces of course. But I didn't!

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Overpaid Bob Carolgees lookalike. My only amazement is that he's had more than one marriage. Mr. Mogadon did well to persuade one woman to sleep with him but three ..???

    Report this comment

    Timbo

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • It's just a shame that the only two football teams in East Anglia had to meet up so early in the competition.

    Report this comment

    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • It's just a shame that the only two football teams in East Anglia had to meet up so early in the competition.

    Report this comment

    Bootneck R.M.

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Great win for a group of lads who desperately needed a run out and didn't disappoint. And . . . . .surprise, surprise, Lawro had us down for a draw. Why is he SO down on us week in, week out?

    Report this comment

    Flying Canary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Bluelight, I am not sure that going to the byline to get a cross in is Snodders' strength, but Pilkington should certainly be capable. Can I just ask, did anyone else hear Simeon's goal described as 'route 1?'. What, may I ask, was the difference between Fox's pass and that of Ryan Giggs? To me, a long ball is a hopeful punt upfield, but Fox has proved time and again that he has good vision, and you could clearly see him look up and spot Jackson's run. Anyway, just a thought. Bring on Luton.

    Report this comment

    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • i liked that

    Report this comment

    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Who cares what Lawro thinks

    Report this comment

    andys

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Of course David Fox`s long pass is a "Punt". Of course Ryan Giggs` long pass is class. That`s how journos stay on the guest list for Champers & canapés. It`s a dirty World.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Hi, Timbo.Not Bob Carolgees, the bloke who was in a puppet show with a dog called Cilla, or something like that? Last I heard of him he was flogging wax candles in Winsford or somewhere. Always did get on my wick, like Lawro.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Bluelight, I am not sure that going to the byline to get a cross in is Snodders' strength, but Pilkington should certainly be capable. Can I just ask, did anyone else hear Simeon's goal described as 'route 1?'. What, may I ask, was the difference between Fox's pass and that of Ryan Giggs? To me, a long ball is a hopeful punt upfield, but Fox has proved time and again that he has good vision, and you could clearly see him look up and spot Jackson's run. Anyway, just a thought. Bring on Luton.

    Report this comment

    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • well done boys. A good effort from several of the fringe boys. BTW I see that one of our future signing scored again. I seems almost a shame to keep raping Leeds of any half decent players they get. Still, they will never achieve their ambitions whilst they keep playing for a small time feeder club!

    Report this comment

    baguio

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • no point in getting in the box lobbo.our wingers have been receiving the ball,moving forward then turning back,they never go past the defender and bang in a low cross.dont know why.i thing its the most dangerous ploy in football.but then what do i know.otbc

    Report this comment

    bluelight

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Multimedia

Related links

Other Norwich City Articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT