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SEASON REVIEW: MARCH

11 June 2015

Canaries collect 11 points from six matches as season nears conclusion

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
W - 2-0 v Ipswich Town (H) 01/03/2015 - Championship
L - 0-1 v Wigan Athletic (H) 04/03/2015 - Championship
W - 1-4 v Millwall (A) 07/03/2015 - Championship
D - 1-1 v Derby County (H) 14/03/2015 - Championship
D - 2-2 v Huddersfield Town (A) 17/03/2015 - Championship
W - 3-1 v Nottingham Forest (H) 21/03/2015 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Norwich City went into March off the back of five straight wins, and continued that run with a deserved 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

Goals from Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban saw the Canaries clinch a second derby win of the season to move above their rivals in the Sky Bet Championship standings.

Alex Neil's side went down to a 1-0 defeat against Wigan Athletic three days later, with Carlton Morris making his senior Norwich City debut as a late substitute.

However, they responded in perfect fashion the following weekend, putting in a convincing display which saw them win 4-1 at struggling Millwall.

Midfielder Jonny Howson fired the visitors in front with a superb opener on 38 minutes, before Gary Hooper's penalty on the stroke of half-time put them in control of the contest.

Wes Hoolahan extended the lead in the second period, with Howson quickly adding to his earlier strike to make it 4-0.

Millwall pulled a goal back late on through a penalty of their own, but couldn't prevent being emphatically doubled - having gone down 6-1 at Carrow Road earlier in the campaign.


City were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County in their next match, with young Rams midfielder Jamie Hanson cancelling out Cameron Jerome's earlier effort on his Football League debut. 

It also ended all-square in the Canaries' next outing, as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town's John Smith's Stadium.

The home side went in front on 55 minutes through Ishamel Miller, but were pegged back when Wes Hoolahan levelled midway through the second half.

Chris Powell's men looked certain for victory when they went 2-1 up in injury-time, however, as James Vaughan struck against his former side.

Vaughan collected a second booking for over-celebrating, leading to his dismissal, and a first Norwich goal for Jamar Loza rescued a point in the most dramatic of circumstances in the final seconds.

Buoyed by that late boost, City produced a fine performance in their last game of the month to defeat a resurgent Nottingham Forest 3-1.


OFF THE PITCH

Norwich City were saddened to learn of the passing of legendary former player Roy McCrohan early in the month, at the age of 84.

McCrohan played 426 times for the Canaries between 1951 and 1962, ranking him sixth in the all-time list of appearances for the Club and securing him a place in City's 'Hall of Fame'.

He was an ever-present during the famous 1958-59 FA Cup run, with his final game coming in the second leg of the 1962 League Cup Final victory against Rochdale.

Other players to have lifted the same trophy gathered during March, as the 1985 Milk Cup winners reunited at Carrow Road.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that City had helped to raise almost £4,000 for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal through the #BidToRemember auction.


The first episode of Canary Cribz aired, with Bradley Johnson and Elliott Bennett showing viewers around the house of Jacob and Josh Murphy.

Harry Toffolo scored his maiden career goal for Swindon Town against Notts County, while Dean Kiely was officially confirmed as City's new goalkeeping coach.

The month also saw three Norwich players complete loan moves elsewhere, as Jacob Murphy, Josh Murphy and Michael Turner joined Colchester United, Wigan Athletic and Fulham respectively.

City's Community Sports Foundation celebrated Community Week, ahead of main Club sponspors Aviva launching the Aviva Community Fund.

Finally, Head of Football Recruitment Barry Simmonds left the Club, while Graham Dorrans returned on loan until the end of the season.


PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Wes Hoolahan was named 'Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month' for March after a series of eye-catching performances.

The playmaker took on an important role in victories over Ipswich Town and Millwall, scoring in the latter after breaking from midfield.

He found the net once more against Huddersfield Town, before playing a part in City's dramatic late equaliser at the John Smith's Stadium.

It was in the final game of the month where Hoolahan arguably impressed most, however, with a virtuoso display against Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road.

The Republic of Ireland international picked out Jonny Howson for the opening goal on the stroke of half-time, ahead of being involved in the build-up to Cameron Jerome doubling the advantage in the second period.

Hoolahan then rounded off victory in style, confidently stroking home a penalty after Martin Olsson had been illegally felled in the box.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Wes is one of the best players, if not the best player, that I’ve ever played with. When he’s on form he can make things happen; he does things only special players can." - Jonny Howson on Wes Hoolahan after the latter's match-winning performance against Nottingham Forest.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Bradley Johnson won 'Aviva Goal of the Month' for the second time running courtesy of his memorable strike in the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

Determined work from Lewis Grabban on the right allowed the striker to pull the ball back across the penalty-area, with the onrushing Johnson not needing to break stride as he lashed a rising drive into the roof of the net.

A 2-0 victory was confirmed shortly after the hour-mark, when Grabban deflected home a shot from substitute Cameron Jerome to complete a league double.


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