FA CUP ROUND-UP: Norwich overcome Covid outbreak to down Coventry as Forest and Luton also win


FA CUP ROUND-UP: Norwich overcome Covid outbreak to down Coventry as Nottingham Forest and Luton also see off Championship opponents to reach the fourth round

  • Tim Krul and Adam Idah were missing for Norwich after returning positive tests
  • However, Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill made sure the Canaries progressed
  • Lyle Taylor’s superb goal saw Nottingham Forest beat Cardiff at the City Ground
  • Luton also went through after beating Reading in another all-Championship tie

Norwich overcame Coventry and Covid-19 disruption as a quickfire double from Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill saw them progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

Goalkeeper Tim Krul and forward Adam Idah returned positive virus tests and were therefore absent against the Sky Blues, who are managed by former Canary Mark Robins. 

The tie hinged on two early strikes as McLean fired home from close range after a through ball from Todd Cantwell on six minutes before Hugill doubled the hosts’ advantage with a header just 80 seconds later to settle the contest. 

The Norwich players celebrate after Kenny McLean put the hosts ahead against Coventry

Lyle Taylor's superb early strike proved the difference against Cardiff at the City Ground

Lyle Taylor’s superb early strike proved the difference against Cardiff at the City Ground

A brilliant third-minute strike from Lyle Taylor was enough to separate Nottingham Forest and Cardiff at the City Ground. 

The former Charlton marksman found the back of the net with a cushioned volley that beat the desperate dive of former team-mate Dillon Phillips, who was making his debut for Neil Harris’ men after joining the Addicks in October last year. 

The third and final all-Championship kick-off at midday saw Luton and promotion-chasing Reading go head-to-head. 

George Moncur celebrates after scoring what turned out to be Luton's winner against Reading

George Moncur celebrates after scoring what turned out to be Luton’s winner against Reading

The Royals were unable to net any of their 18 shots at Kenilworth Road, with the hosts taking the spoils thanks to George Moncur’s strike on the half-hour mark. 

James Bree’s cross found the midfielder in the box and Moncur found the bottom right-hand corner of Luke Southwell’s goal.