Essential reading on this weekend's opponents
Nickname: The Trotters
Manager: Neil Lennon
Ground: Macron Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 221 miles (4 hours 7 minutes)
Before that, the Trotters – now into their third Sky Bet Championship season after relegation in 2012 – had triumphed in just one of their first eleven fixtures.
That run led to chairman Phil Gartside replacing Dougie Freedman with Lennon, with subsequent victories over Birmingham City and Brentford indicative of the former Celtic manager’s impact.
“The town has had a real buzz about it from the moment Neil walked through the doors and there is clearly a freedom about the way the team is playing at the moment,” says Marc Iles, chief football writer for Bolton News.
“Tactically, I think things were a little over-complicated (under the previous regime) and the more results went again them, the more heads went down.”
City will be encouraged that Bolton have lost six of their seven matches on the road up to now in the league, and the Greater Manchester club still occupy the division’s relegation places.
Their head-to-head record with the Canaries is close, with City just edging ahead by virtue of their 17 wins to Bolton’s 16.
They have two former Norwich players in their squad: Marc Tierney (2011-13) and Andy Hughes (2005-07), although neither have featured this season with Tierney still recovering from a broken leg.
Neil Lennon finally returned to football management when he was unveiled as Bolton manager earlier this month.
Lennon had been working as a media pundit since leaving Celtic in May after four successful years in charge of the Glasgow club.
He twice guided the Hoops to the Champions League group stages and won three league championships and two Scottish Cups during his tenure. He had been heavily linked with a number of Premier League and Championship posts since.
On joining the Trotters, Lennon said: “I've got a big job on my hands, but that's the challenge. I'm very excited about that.
"My objective is to put right the results that have gone against us recently and get them playing a style of football that will please the Bolton fans."
Iles added: “When Dougie Freedman left I was amazed with the calibre of names who were clearly interested in the job.
“When Neil's cropped up there was a small part of me that thought 'nah - surely he'd be looking to the Premier League.' But he's here and his appointment has lit the touchpaper now. We're all looking forward to seeing what his side can do.”
As a tenacious midfielder, Lennon starred in memorable periods for both Leicester City and Celtic, winning 40 caps for Northern Ireland along the way.
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Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Andy Lonergan, Ross Fitzsimons.
Defenders: Kevin McNaughton, Dean Moxey, Matt Mills, Tim Ream, Dorian Dervite, Marc Tierney, David Wheater, Oscar Threlkeld, Andy Kellett.
Midfielders: Jay Spearing (c), Liam Feeney, Mark Davies, Liam Trotter, Neil Danns, Darren Pratley, Josh Vela, Andy Hughes, Chung-Yong Lee, Medo Kamara.
Forwards: Joe Mason, Jermaine Beckford, Rob Hall, Max Clayton, Craig Davies, Sanmi Odelusi.
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