Two late strikes and a penalty save from Mark Bunn ensured Norwich’s passage through to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after a thrilling clash against Tottenham at Carrow Road.
Gareth Bale, who had torn Norwich apart here last season, seemed to have put Spurs on course for victory when he drove home a 20-yard shot in the second-half, but two goals in the last six minutes gave the Canaries an unlikely victory.
First substitute Alex Tettey’s shot flew in off the out-stretched leg of Jan Vertonghen and then Simeon Jackson pounced on an error by Hugo Lloris to make it 2-1 with three minutes left.
The drama did not end there, however, as Kyle Walker was upended in the Norwich box by Marc Tierney a minute later.
Clint Dempsey stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Bunn, making just his second start of the season, saved the American’s shot to gives the Canaries’ season another valuable shot in the arm.
After a slow opening 10 minutes from both sides Andre Villas-Boas shuffled his pack by swapping Bale on to the right to give him a run at Tierney.
The Welshman got the better of Tierney moments later and found Dempsey, but the American’s clever chip sailed just over Bunn’s goal. Bale then rippled the Norwich side-netting from a Jake Livermore cross and shot inches wide soon after.
Former Leeds midfielder Jonny Howson flashed a volley two yards wide just before the break.
Both teams looked more threatening after the restart and Bunn had to be at his best to deny Falque’s brilliant curling shot.
Norwich’s hopes of an upset took a hit in the 66th minute when Bale latched on to Tom Carroll’s pass and drove a sweet right-footed drive past Bunn.
Norwich piled on the pressure and it paid off when Tettey’s shot defelcted off Vertonghen and past Lloris.
Worse was to come when Lloris spilled Holt’s header straight at the feet of Jackson, who lashed past the Frenchman from close range before Bunn’s penalty stop heroics.