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Opposition profile: Norwich City

Posted: Fri 15 Jan 2016
Author: afcb.co.uk

Ahead of our game against Norwich City, we give you the lowdown on the Canaries...

Opposition Profile: Norwich City

Norwich
Nickname: The Canaries
Manager: Alex Neil
Captain: Russell Martin
2014-15: Promotion (3rd in the Sky Bet Championship)
Ground: Carrow Road
Capacity: 27,244
Current Position: 15th
Form: WLWWLL

So Far This Season


Norwich so far have avoided the relegation places, sitting in 15th in the league. Only one place and two points separates them from the Cherries - adding extra spice to this weekend’s fixture.

September was by far the best month for results at the club so far, as they managed to go throughout the whole month unbeaten. The month began with the 3-1 defeat of the Cherries and was followed up by another 3 goal home win against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. They also managed to pick up away draws against Liverpool and West Ham.

October was more disappointing for the club as they lost every premier league fixture, with Georginio Wijnaldum piling on the pressure as he scored 4 goals to help Newcastle to a 6-2 win over the Canaries. 

They managed to stop the rot early in November though, as a goal from Jonny Howson helped them to a 1-0 home win against Swansea. They then fell to defeat at the hands of Chelsea, but played well in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

December saw Norwich’s best result of the season so far, following a defeat against Watford and a draw against Everton, they travelled to Old Trafford to face Man United. Goals from Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey managed to help them to a 2-1 victory, one which Norwich fans will cherish for years to come.

Boxing Day saw a slight blip as they lost 3-0 away to Tottenham Hotspur. However, that was followed by two consecutive home wins against Aston Villa and Southampton. The Canaries will be looking for a win on Saturday as they are coming off of the back of two consecutive defeats - to Manchester City in the FA Cup and Stoke City who beat them 3-1 on Wednesday.

The manager

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At 34, Alex Neil is the youngest manager in the Premier League, four years younger than Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

Starting as a player/manager at Hamilton, Neil won promotion to the Scottish top flight in his first full season in charge.

Joining Norwich in January 2015, the Scot won his first game which turned out to be against the Cherries - which saw them win 2-1.

Neil signed a new contract with the Canaries in the summer.

Last time out

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Norwich’s last run out was a disappointing one as they fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Stoke. They started the game positively but the momentum swung following the sending off of Gary O’Neil just after half an hour for a needless two-footed challenge on Ibrahim Afellay. Soon after they were punished as Jon Walters slid onto the end of a Marko Arnautovic cross to place the ball past Declan Rudd. 

Norwich did reply early in the second half however when Jonny Howson latched onto a Vadis Odjidja-Ofae to volley an equalizer into the top corner. Their joy was short lived though, as goals from Joselu and an own-goal from Ryan Bennett gave the Potters a 3-1 win.

Fun Facts

• Norwich was formed in 1902 following a meeting at a Café in Norwich
• Norwich have taken part in a European competition once during the 1993/94 season of the UEFA cup, where they beat Bayern Munich 2-1
• The club gains its nickname the Canaries as Norfolk is famous are for its breeding of the birds
• Norwich first adopted a blue and white kit before changing to the yellow and green kits in 1907
• The club played their games at two stadiums previously before moving to Carrow Road, those stadiums were Newmarket Road (1902-08) and The Nest (1908-1935)
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For more Norwich Preview, check out our article where we look at three who have played for both and what Juan Iturbe had to say in his first ever Cherries press conference.