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SEASON REVIEW: AUGUST

4 June 2015

Canaries collect ten points from opening five matches

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
L - 1-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 10/08/2014 - Championship
W - 3-0 v Watford (H) 16/08/2014 - Championship
W - 3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (H) 19/08/2014 - Championship
W - 0-1 v Ipswich Town (A) 23/08/2014 - Championship
W - 3-1 v Crawley Town (H) 26/08/2014 - Capital One Cup
D - 1-1 v Bournemouth (H) 30/08/2014 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Norwich City began their season with a visit to newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in a televised clash held after the other opening weekend fixtures had already been played.

The Canaries went down 1-0 to the West Midlands outfit; David Edwards' header proving enough to give Kenny Jackett's men victory after Martin Olsson was dismissed for two bookable offences.

City responded in perfect fashion in the next game however, securing a convincing 3-0 win over Watford at Carrow Road.

The visitors were reduced to ten men inside the opening two minutes when Joel Ekstrand brought down Nathan Redmond as the winger looked to break through.

Neil Adams' side took full advantage, as goals from Bradley Johnson, Lewis Grabban and Alex Tettey earned a maiden win of the campaign.
A less auspicious start was made against Blackburn Rovers three days later, with the away side taking the lead after just 49 seconds through Tom Cairney.

However, the hosts displayed character to level through Grabban before two late goals gave them a 3-1 victory.

The winning run was extended to three matches the following weekend, with City claiming their first East Anglian derby triumph of the season by defeating Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road.

Just a single goal settled the clash, with Grabban heading home the winner midway through the first half to secure the bragging rights.

A brief respite from league action was then found in the Capital One Cup first round, with the Canaries drawn at home to Crawley Town.

Cameron Jerome made a scoring debut in the contest, while a brace from Josh Murphy also proved key to a 3-1 success.

City ended the month with a 1-1 draw against eventual champions Bournemouth, leaving them with 10 points from their opening five games.


OFF THE PITCH
August saw a string of City players extend their respective stays at the Club, with Declan Rudd, Ryan Bennett and Wes Hoolahan among those to pen new contracts.

In the first week of the month Ricky van Wolfswinkel moved on a season-long loan to French side St-Etienne, while Gary O'Neil signed on a free transfer after leaving QPR.

Moving in the other direction to O'Neil was Leroy Fer, who made the switch to London on 20 August in what was a record transfer agreement for Norwich City.

The same day saw two new recruits at Colney, with Cameron Jerome signing from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee alongside free agent Carlos Cuellar - both players making debuts against Crawley Town.

Conor McGrandles and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe made moves from Falkirk and Club Brugge respectively to complete the Canaries' transfer business for August, with Anthony Pilkington leaving for Cardiff City.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Lewis Grabban made the perfect start to life in Norfolk, registering five goals in his first five matches for the Canaries.

After City were kept off the scoresheet by Wolves on the opening weekend, the forward broke his duck six days later with the second in a 3-0 home win over Watford.

A further two goals followed in the next game at Carrow Road, with Grabban stroking home the rebound from a saved penalty before converting from close-range in injury-time against Blackburn Rovers to wrap up back-to-back victories.

With Ipswich Town next on the agenda, the former Crystal Palace apprentice immediately wrote himself into East Anglian derby folklore by netting the solitary goal to secure all three points at Portman Road.

Grabban ended the month with another goal, this time coming in a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth - the Club he had left earlier in the summer.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"You never tire of winning this game. You know, and the players know, what it means to the fans - simple as that. It’s a great feeling.” - Neil Adams on Norwich City's 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Midfielder Bradley Johnson started the season how he meant to go on, netting twice in the opening month of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

It would be the second of those strikes which claimed 'Aviva Goal of the Month' for August, with Johnson scoring the first in a 3-0 win over Watford at Carrow Road.

Spotting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes off his line shortly after the half-hour mark, Johnson calmly lobbed the Brazilian shot-stopper from outside the penalty-area with a measured effort.

That goal set City on their way to a first league win of the season, with Lewis Grabban and Alex Tettey also on target.


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