MX23RW : Monday, February 18 06:56:19
Sep 25, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Adams Park
Attendance: 3,947
WycombeWycombe Wanderers
3-4
NorwichNorwich City
Cowan-Hall (17'), Saunders (61' pen.), Akinfenwa (75')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Rhodes (12', 14'), Trybull (41', 51')

Result: Gareth Ainsworth: Sloppiness was costly for Wycombe

Jordan Rhodes' 10th career hat-trick helped Norwich to victory.

Gareth Ainsworth admitted sloppiness cost his Wycombe side after losing 4-3 to Norwich in a Carabao Cup third-round thriller at Adams Park.

Jordan Rhodes' 10th career hat-trick, including two in the first 15 minutes, alongside Tom Trybull's first-half effort looked to have sent the League One side out with 40 minutes still to play.

But Sam Saunders' penalty and Adebayo Akinfenwa's bundled goal set up a tense finish after Paris Cowan-Hall had got Wanderers back into it in the first half.

"We let a couple of sloppy goals in before half time and that's ultimately cost us," said Ainsworth.

"You can't go giving yourself mountains to climb like that. There were some good players out there and you could see the difference in class at some stages.

"But I thought heart-wise and endeavour we matched them, and we almost got that equaliser at the end.

"I'm always proud of my boys; they never give me anything less than what they've got and it's just that little bit of quality and maybe a bit of questionable defending in the last minutes of the first half were costly things.

"We know Norwich like to take chances going forward that they do leave themselves open at the back, and maybe the goals didn't come the way I thought they would, but we did put a lot of pressure on them in the second half."

Norwich are now into the fourth round having already knocked out Premier League side Cardiff, leaving manager Daniel Farke daring to dream big.

"Our offensive play is so dangerous, we scored four times and the referee denied us a clear goal and that is how it is sometimes," he said.

"I'm a deep believer in cup competitions and I'm a big fan of this cup. Of course, it's not realistic that a Championship side is able to win the Carabao Cup but sometimes in football you try to reach some extra things and not just realistic targets.

"We are in the fourth round and happy with this. It's well deserved after some really good performances including away at Cardiff who are in the Premier League and let's see how far we can go.

"You have to defend long balls with Akinfenwa when he comes into the side, sometimes they score from this situation. The last few minutes were spicy but it is how it is and we're through to the next round."

Share this article now:
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock watches on during his side's 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League on August 11, 2018
Read Next:
EFL Cup roundup: Cardiff, Huddersfield out
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account