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SEASON REVIEW: DECEMBER

8 June 2015

City amass ten points from their five December games

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
W - 0-1 v Wigan Athletic (A) 06/12/2014 - Championship
W - 5-0 v Huddersfield Town (H) 13/12/2014 - Championship
D - 2-2 v Derby County (A) 20/12/2014 - Championship
W - 6-1 v Millwall (H) 26/12/2014 - Championship
L - 2-1 v Reading (A) 28/12/2014 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Jonny Howson continued his scoring streak at the start of December by netting the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic.

City then hosted Huddersfield Town, with Grant Holt making his first playing return to Carrow Road since leaving in the summer of 2013.

The visitors were reduced to ten men early on when Murray Wallace was dismissed, but held the Canaries at bay until the interval.

However, the half-time introduction of Nathan Redmond sparked a spell of three goals in the space of five minutes which put Neil Adams' side firmly in control - eventually running out 5-0 winners.



The final game before Christmas took City to Derby, where Steven Whittaker's last-gasp drive rescued a deserved 2-2 draw following Chris Martin's penalty for the Rams.

Braces from Bradley Johnson and Gary Hooper helped secure a dominant 6-1 at home to Millwall, before 2014 culminated with a 2-1 defeat at Reading's Madejski Stadium.



OFF THE PITCH
The beginning of the festive period saw Norwich City launch the '12 Days of Christmas', while a number of players took part in the annual Christmas Hospital and Hospice visits.

Research conducted by the Club's Historical Trust revealed there are multiple versions of the famous 'On The Ball City' lyrics, which were first heard during in the 1903-04 season.

Finally, the Canaries were drawn to face Preston in the FA Cup third round at Deepdale.


PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Bradley Johnson collected the 'Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month Award' for December after a string of impressive goalscoring displays.

The midfielder netted five times throughout the month, including braces against both Huddersfield Town and Millwall either side of Christmas.

It marked Johnson's first such Award of the season, although wouldn't be his last during a stellar individual campaign.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Whether we’re out of the top six until the last game of season and get in there and go up through the play-offs or are out of the top two and get in there in the last game, it doesn’t make a difference. It only matters where you are come that final game of the season.” - Jonny Howson reacts to Norwich City's 2-1 defeat at Reading.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Bradley Johnson completed a clean sweep for December by winning 'Aviva Goal of the Month' for his strike against Reading.

Collecting the ball after a quickly-taken throw-in, Johnson played a swift one-two before crashing a fierce drive into the net from distance.

Despite his strike, City went down to defeat at the Madejski Stadium in their final game of 2014.


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