Chelsea’s good recent away record against Norwich City has been due in no small part to some brilliantly executed goals.
The Blues didn’t find too much joy on our trips to Norfolk during the 20th Century, managing only two wins and suffering eight defeats in 15 away matches against the Canaries.
However, it has been a very different story since the turn of the Millennium with Chelsea taking 13 of a possible 15 points from our last five Premier League visits to Norwich thanks to some magnificent long-range efforts at Carrow Road.
Joe Cole – March 2005
The tenacity and exquisite skills of Joe Cole were on full display in his fine solo effort which gave us the lead in our 3-1 win at Norwich in the 2004/05 season.
The England winger could have stayed on the ground and appealed for a free-kick when he was tackled from behind 25 metres out but he picked himself up quickly and won a 50-50 challenge against a Norwich defender before firing a rising shot from the edge of the box into the roof of the net.
Juan Mata – December 2012
Juan Mata gave Chelsea fans a late Christmas present with an exquisite strike in our 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Boxing Day 2012
When the Spaniard received the ball from Oscar, he appeared to have nowhere to go with six Norwich defenders in close proximity to him and none of his team-mates in position to receive a pass.
So he took mattes into his own hands, taking a couple of touches before launching an unerring left-footed effort which flew past Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn for the only goal of the game.
Willian – October 2013
Willian announced his arrival at Chelsea with a jaw-dropping effort in our 3-1 win at Norwich on his Premier League debut in the 2013/14 season.
Brought on as a substitute after 8 minutes with the match deadlocked at 1-1, the Brazilian quickly made an impact when he teamed up with Oscar to set up our second goal for Eden Hazard before adding a third himself.
Ramires was tackled on the edge of the box but the ball deflected to Willian who fired an exquisite left-footed effort into the far corner of the net.
Kenedy – March 2016
Kenedy made his mark for the Blues by scoring one of the fastest goals of the 2015/16 season in our 2-1 win at Norwich.
The game was only 39 seconds old when the Brazilian cut in from the touch-line and with the Norwich defenders backing off, he took full advantage.
He teed up the ball for his favoured left foot before letting loose with a low drive which flew past goalkeeper John Ruddy into the bottom corner of the net.