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SEASON REVIEW: FEBRUARY

10 June 2015

Five wins from five made for a faultless February

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
W - 4-0 v Blackpool (H) 07/02/2015 - Championship
W - 2-3 v Charlton Athletic (A) 10/02/2015 - Championship
W - 2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 14/02/2015 - Championship
W - 0-3 v Watford (A) 21/02/2015 - Championship
W - 1-2 v Blackburn Rovers (A) 24/02/2015 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Norwich City began the second month of 2015 with a convincing 4-0 victory over basement-side Blackpool, with Gary Hooper netting a hat-trick.

Three days later they travelled to The Valley to face Charlton Athletic, where first half goals from Jonny Howson and Lewis Grabban gave them a 2-0 lead at the interval.

However, the Addicks rallied as two goals in seven minutes brought them level midway through the second period.

City striker Cameron Jerome came off the bench in the closing stages, with his introduction having the desired impact as he rose highest to make it 3-2 seven minutes from time.


Next up for Alex Neil's side was a home meeting with play-off rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were above the Canaries in the Sky Bet Championship table at that stage.

A highly-efficient display from the hosts proved enough to secure a 2-0 victory, with Bradley Johnson and Grabban on target either side of half-time.

They showed similar authority in their next outing at Watford, where a trio of second half strikes ensured a 3-0 away victory.

City then rounded off a flawless February at Ewood Park, as Johnson's dramatic thunderbolt late on saw them come from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1.


OFF THE PITCH

The final day of the January transfer window saw Tony Andreu join from Hamilton Academical, while Kyle Lafferty moved on loan to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor.

MLS outfit Chicago Fire began a week-long training camp at Colney, where numerous members of staff took part in a 24-hour cycle marathon in aid of Norfolk charity 'The Base'.

The Club backed initiatives by 'Kick It Out' and 'Football v Homophobia', with the former seeing City's match against Blackpool at Carrow Road dedicated to the cause.

Episode three of City360 launched ahead of the Canaries facing Wolverhampton Wanderers - a game which included the F2 Freestylers performing at half-time.

On February 17, Graham Dorrans joined on a loan deal initially running into March, while Cameron McGeehan joined Luton for the remainder of the season.

Goalkeeping coach Tony Parks left to take up a role at Aston Villa, and season ticket sales were shown to have increased from the same point of the previous campaign as the renewal deadline neared.

Norwich's 'clean sweep' for February resulted in Alex Neil being named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month.



PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Norwich City's Bradley Johnson collected the 'Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month' for February as he helped his side collect a maximum haul of 15 points.

The one-time Cambridge United trainee scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Valentine's Day, before going on to net decisively away to Blackburn Rovers.

He completed 90 minutes in all five matches played in the month as the Canaries enjoyed their best run of form across the entireity of the Sky Bet Championship season.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"I think at times you get defining moments in seasons, and this game is going to be a defining moment for both of us." - Alex Neil ahead of Norwich City facing play-off rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Bradley Johnson completed his second personal 'double' of the season by winning 'Aviva Goal of the Month' for February.

The midfielder added to his growing showreel from the campaign with a thunderous drive late on at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park to give his side a crucial 2-1 win.


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