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Norwich City Head Coach Farke proud of 'brilliant performance' despite FA Cup penalty shootout exit

Norwich City put in a superb display at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA
  • Chelsea 1-1 Norwich City (Chelsea win 5-3 on penalties)

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke hailed his side's "brilliant" performance after they took reigning Premier League champions Chelsea all the way to penalties in an exhilarating FA Cup replay.

Chelsea had looked to be heading into round four courtesy of Michy Batshuayi's tap-in just before the hour mark, but the Canaries rallied superbly and deservedly equalised in the 94th minute when left-back Jamal Lewis headed in Timm Klose's pinpoint cross.

Controversy then followed in extra-time when Chelsea's Willian appeared to be caught by Klose in the penalty area, but the Brazilian was booked for diving.

Referee Graham Scott and video official Mike Jones chose not to use the VAR (Video assistant referee) technology, much to the amazement of the Chelsea players, and they were incensed again moments later when Pedro and Alvaro Morata were both sent off for two bookable offences - with both players shown their first yellow cards for diving.

Alvaro Morata was sent off in an action-packed extra-time. Credit: PA

With neither side unable to find a winner, the tie went to a shootout and it was Chelsea who came out on top.

Blues keeper Willy Caballero saved Norwich's first effort from Nélson Oliveira, but every other player scored their attempts, with Eden Hazard striking the decisive blow as Chelsea triumphed 5-3.

“It was a brilliant performance and we were so close to a win. I can only praise the lads for this performance, and this togetherness and their attitude. I’m proud of the lads," Farke said.

“Several lads were sitting with tears in their eyes. They are so disappointed they didn’t earn the win, but it’s important to feel this disappointment.

"I told the lads it’s important to remember how it feels when you don’t get what you deserve because there will be a time when we celebrate a special moment like this."

Chelsea emerged victorious in the penalty shootout. Credit: PA

Despite ultimately falling just short, Norwich will have taken plenty of confidence and plaudits from their display at Stamford Bridge, and could have pulled off a shock had efforts from Oliveria and Josh Murphy not hit the woodwork.

Following the game, several Canaries players took to social media to express their pride at their performance.

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Norwich will now have to pick themselves up for a return to league action on Saturday when they host Sheffield United at Carrow Road, where a win for the Canaries would close the gap on The Championship top six to just three points.