Norwich City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers: David Wagner’s first game ends in FA Cup defeat

David Wagner’s first match in charge of Norwich City ended in defeat as the Canaries were knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road.

Jack Vale gave the visitors the lead in the all-Championship third-round tie just after the half-hour mark following a mix-up in the Norwich defense.

Rovers goalkeeper Aynsley Pears denied Onel Hernandez, Max Aarons and Jordan Hugill as Norwich sought an equaliser.

Danel Sinani then had a shot deflected wide in injury time as Rovers held on.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side will take on either League One strugglers Forest Green Rovers or fellow Championship club Birmingham City in the fourth round, with ties to be played between 27 and 30 January.

Wagner was appointed on Friday on a 12-month rolling contract, filling the vacancy created after Dean Smith was sacked on 27 December.

The 51-year-old made six changes from the 1-0 defeat by Watford on Monday, with goalkeeper Tim Krul among those recalled.

Norwich threatened through a header from Scotland defender Grant Hanley and striker Teemu Pukki’s shot over the bar before falling behind after a backpass from the centre-back sold Krul short.

Dilan Markanday closed down the former Netherlands keeper and the loose ball fell to Bradley Dack, who squared for Vale to steer past a covering defender on the line.

Ben Brereton Diaz missed a good chance to make it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, sending his left-footed shot over the bar.

Six-time FA Cup winners Blackburn put in a solid defensive display after the break to progress to the fourth round for the first time since the 2016-17 season, while Norwich suffered a third-round exit for the first time in four seasons.

Former Huddersfield Town boss Wagner will now concentrate on reviving Norwich’s fortunes in the league, with the side three points off the play-off places in 11th following relegation from the Premier League last season.

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 22mins
  • 4Homobamidele
  • 5Hanley
  • 30GiannoulisSubstituted forMcCallumat 81′minutes
  • 26NúñezSubstituted forDowellat 57′minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 25HernándezSubstituted forSinaniat 57′minutes
  • 17Gomes SaraSubstituted forGibbsat 81′minutes
  • 11IdahSubstituted forHugillat 57′minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 9Hugill
  • 10Dowell
  • 15McCallum
  • 19Sorensen
  • 21Sinani
  • 28Gunn
  • 42Springett
  • 45Tomkinson
  • 46Gibbs

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13pears
  • 17CarterBooked at 53minsSubstituted forRankin-Costelloat 67′minutes
  • 16WhartonSubstituted forPhillipsat 10′minutes
  • 5Hyam
  • 3Pickering
  • 27Travis
  • 30Garrett
  • 18Markanday
  • 23DackSubstituted forMortonat 88′minutes
  • 22Brereton
  • 29It’s worthSubstituted forhedgesat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kaminski
  • 6Morton
  • 7Edun
  • 11Rankin-Costello
  • 15grindstone
  • 19hedges
  • 33Phillips
  • 36Wharton
  • 38Leonard

Referees:
Gavin Ward

Attendance:
20.472

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