Tottenham travel to Carrow Road to play Norwich knowing that they need a win to redeem themselves after the FA Cup defeat at the weekend. In the past ten months, Spurs have not won any of their three matches with Norwich. Last Easter, Norwich put in an excellent display at White Hart Lane to deservedly win 2 – 1 and at the beginning of this season they recovered to earn a 1 – 1 away draw for new manager, Chris Hughton, with a late equaliser.
Tottenham dominated 80 minutes of the Capital One Cup match at Carrow Road in October and held a single goal advantage through Gareth Bale. In the last ten minutes, Norwich recovered to score twice to move into the quarter-finals.
Tottenham’s Record at Norwich City
Tottenham have visited Carrow Road on five occasions in the Premier League with a record of four wins and a draw. The last three matches were played over the Christmas period and ended with Spurs winning 2 – 0. Last season, two goals from Bale earned Spurs the three points. In 2004 Robbie Keane and Michael Brown were the scorers, while in 1994 the goals came from Nicky Barmby and Teddy Sheringham. The previous April, Spurs won 2 – 1 and Sheringham scored again with the other goal being an own goal. On Boxing Day, 1992 the clubs played out a scoreless draw.
The Overall League Record: (inc. PL)
P 25 W 9 D 6 L 10 For 34 Ag 36
As can be seen, Spurs record in the Premier League matches has improved their overall record at Carrow Road which is not too impressive. Matches have been close but Norwich have had the upper hand.
In August, 1991 a Gary Lineker goal was enough to earn Spurs the points but the previous April Spurs lost 1 – 2, a few days ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal. The most notable aspect of that game was the return of Paul Gascoigne after missing five games following an operation. Gascoigne was using the game to assess his fitness for the weekend’s big match. That Spurs lost was an irrelevance at the time and the fact that John Hendry scored his first goal on his League debut for Spurs and that Ian Walker and Peter Garland also made their debuts has largely been forgotten.
First League Meeting
The first League meeting between the clubs was in season 1935 – 36 in the 2nd Division. Spurs lost by the only goal of the game on their first League visit to Norfolk in April, 1936. The following season they won their first League match at Carrow Road – Johnny Morrison scoring a hat-trick in their 3 – 2 success.
Having met in four consecutive seasons up to 1939, the clubs didn’t meet again in League football until Norwich won promotion to the 1st Division in 1972 when Norwich won 2 – 1, Martin Chivers scoring Spurs’ only goal.
Spurs eventually managed a win in March, 1978, their relegation season. Goals from John Pratt, Gerry Armstrong and Peter Taylor gave them a 3 – 1 victory.
On gaining promotion after a year’s absence, it took Spurs seven attempts before winning at Carrow Road. In December, 1994, Tony Galvin and Garth Crooks scored the goals as Spurs won two nil.
Norwich have proved difficult opponents for Spurs teams in the past and the current Spurs team can expect a tough evening with Hughton’s team prepared to battle against them in an effort to put them out of their stride and make amends for their own Cup shock at the weekend, a home defeat to non-League Luton Town.
Tottenham need to recover their form to re-assert their claims to fourth place in the Premier League while Norwich will hope to end their recent run of disappointing results.