Norwich City's Man of the Match v Leicester City
PUBLISHED: 11:23 20 February 2012 | UPDATED: 12:02 20 February 2012
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This display will not linger long in the memory when it comes to reviewing City's season. Norwich were collectively second best for the majority of the tie. Leicester's front two were a potent threat, the Foxes' defence largely protected Kasper Schmeichel from sporadic threats and Leicester's muscular midfield got the upper hand in the middle of the park.
Elliott Bennett did as much as any player in yellow and green to try and halt the tide of this FA Cup fifth round meeting. Bennett was at the hub of Norwich’s best work. The former Brighton man was not immune at times from the sloppy passing that infected the rest of his team-mates – but Bennett was eager to get on the ball and make things happen at every opportunity.
An early shovel pass fashioned a clear chance for Steve Morison. Bennett’s intelligence then earned Norwich a penalty lifeline after he anticipated Schmeichel’s attempt to pluck Simeon Jackson’s strike out of the air from Bennett’s initial set up play. Bennett’s appetite for work was evident again before the break when he retrieved a lost cause tight to the byline for Russell Martin to eventually pick out Morison.
Bennett continued to probe in the second period with his quality creating a chance for James Vaughan at the back post and a corner that the unmarked Martin could only head at Elliott Ward.