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Rendell: Helps make history

Rendell: Helps make history

Luton made history by dumping out Premier League opposition Norwich City to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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The first-half was largely devoid of chances of any real quality, as the Hatters kept the Canaries pegged back for the majority of the encounter.

With a much-changed Norwich side struggling to find their rhythm in the middle of the park and the final third, it was left to the non-leaguers to pile the pressure on the top-flight club on their own turf.

Luton kept their shape extremely well throughout the opening 45 minutes, forcing the Canaries to play little square balls across midfield or back towards their defence, and the fans were left waiting until just before half time for the first real action of any note.

Leon Barnett broke through the Luton defence before seeing a shot cleared off the line by Alex Lawless, and moments later Andre Grey took it upon himself to stride forward with the ball before taking a tumble in the box.

No spot kick was awarded, and both sides entered the break goalless. Norwich introduced Grant Holt for the second half in a bid to add more fire power to their ranks, and the striker wasted the opportunity to grab the opening goal with a header straight at the body of Mark Tyler at the back post.

With Norwich failing to add to their modest tally of chances, it was left to Luton to grab the headlines after 80 minutes, as Scott Rendell combined nicely with JJ O'Donnell before rifling home from close range.

Norwich piled on the pressure in the final moments, but to no avail. It had been 24 years prior to today since a non-league team defeated a top-flight team in the FA Cup, and Luton were more than worthy of breaking that record at Carrow Road.

Posted: 26/01/13 17:25

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