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SEASON REVIEW: JANUARY

9 June 2015

As one Neil leaves, another arrives at Carrow Road

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
L - 2-0 v Preston North End (A) 03/01/2015 - FA Cup
W - 1-2 v Bournemouth (A) 10/01/2015 - Championship
W - 3-2 v Cardiff City (H) 17/01/2015 - Championship
L - 1-2 v Brentford (H) 24/01/2015 - Championship
D - 0-0 v Birmingham City (A) 31/01/2015 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Norwich City began the year with a 2-0 defeat away to Preston North End, with Neil Adams resigning as manager two days later.

The duo of Gary Holt and Mike Phelan readied the team for the next game at Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth, ahead of Hamilton Academical boss Alex Neil being appointed the day the squad was set to travel to Dorset.

City went behind to a Matt Ritchie strike, ahead of Gary Hooper's close-range effort bringing them level before the interval.

With the match evenly poised at 1-1, Jonny Howson was dismissed just after the hour-mark for a foul on Yann Kermorgant, leading to Neil making his way from the stands to the touchline for the remainder of the contest.

His presence had an immediate galvanising effect, as Cameron Jerome curled home from outside the box in the closing stages to secure a 2-1 victory against the odds.


The Canaries continued where they had left off upon returning to Carrow Road to face Cardiff City, racing into a 3-0 lead by the break.

Russell Slade's Bluebirds responded in the second period, but the hosts held firm to run out 3-2 winners before suffering a 2-1 reverse at home to Brentford the following week.

City ended the month at Birmingham's St Andrew's, where a game of few chanced ended 0-0.


OFF THE PITCH

The most notable events of January saw the resignation of manager Neil Adams prior to the subsequent appointment of Alex Neil as his successor later the same week.

Meanwhile, youngsters Cameron McGeehan, Jacob Murphy and Jamar Loza made short-term switches to Cambridge United, Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town respectively.

Mike Phelan left the Club's coaching staff by mutual consent towards the end of the month, while Jos Hooiveld's loan spell from Southampton was brought to an end.

Fellow defender Sebastien Bassong made a return to Norwich City colours by featuring in the U21s' Premier League International Cup meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach at Carrow Road.


PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Nathan Redmond claimed 'Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month' as he carried his excellent form from the end of 2014 into the New Year.

The winger scored once during January, finding the net against Brentford while also putting in a number of lively displays during the Canaries' other matches.

He ended the month by returning to former side Birmingham City, where he received a warm reception from the fans of his hometown Club during a hard-fought 0-0 draw.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
β€œI’m absolutely delighted. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge." -Alex Neil on being appointed Norwich City manager.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Cameron Jerome's winning strike at Bournemouth earned him 'Aviva Goal of the Month' for January.

With City reduced to ten men following Jonny Howson's red card and the score level at 1-1, Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth appeared favourites to win the game as it entered the final stages.

However, Jerome had other ideas; collecting the ball on the edge of the box with 11 minutes remaining before turning to curl a shot into the top-corner and give his side all three points.


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