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SEASON REVIEW: NOVEMBER

7 June 2015

Russell Martin clocks up 200th City appearance

RESULTS RUN-DOWN
L - 4-0 v Middlesbrough (A) 04/11/2014 - Championship
L - 2-1 v Nottingham Forest (A) 08/11/2014 - Championship
D - 3-3 v Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 22/11/2014 - Championship
L - 1-2 v Reading (H) 29/11/2014 - Championship

ON THE PITCH
Norwich City's first game in November brought about the heaviest defeat of their Sky Bet Championship campaign, as they went down 4-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Their next test was a trip to Nottingham Forest, where Jonny Howson's early strike appeared set to give Neil Adams' side all three points only for two late goals to turn the tie on its head.

A classic home match against Brighton & Hove Albion followed, with the visitors taking a 33th minute lead through Bruno before Howson struck again to bring the Canaries level.

City went in front courtesy of a memorable Russell Martin effort early in the second half, ahead of a further two goals from the Seagulls putting them back in control.

However, Neil Adams' men rescued a late point when substitute Gary Hooper struck to make it 3-3 with just five minutes remaining.

A week later, the month's final match to be held at Carrow Road ended in 2-1 defeat to Reading.


OFF THE PITCH
The first day of November saw winger Elliott Bennett join former side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, with Jacob Murphy moving to Blackpool on a similar deal shortly after.

City's final game before the international break saw them travel to Nottingham Forest, where both teams wore limited-edition poppy shirts as part of the #BidToRemember charity appeal.

During the subsequent hiatus from league action, Mark Robson left the Club, with former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan joining the City coaching staff the following week.

The second episode of City360 aired ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion visiting Carrow Road, with the build-up to kick-off also seeing Adam Drury unveiled as a Community Sports Foundation Ambassador.

Norwich captain Russell Martin made his 200th appearance for the Club in the game against his hometown side, marking the occasion in style with a stunning 35-yard strike.

Harry Toffolo saw his loan at Swindon Town extended until the end of the season, while Remi Matthews and Carlton Morris joined Burton Albion and York City respectively on short-term youth loans.

Lastly, Norwich City were saddened to learn of the passing of former defender, Reg Foulkes, at the age of 91.

Foulkes made a total of 238 appearances for the Canaries, and was part of the Divison Three South side which earned a famous FA Cup fourth round victory over reigning champions Arsenal at Highbury.


PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Jonny Howson picked up the 'Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month' Award for November after scoring twice in four matches.

The midfielder put City in front away to Nottingham Forest, only for two late goals from the hosts to give Stuart Pearce's side victory.

He also found the net in the Canaries' next match, with his header against Brighton & Hove Albion cancelling out Bruno's opener six minutes earlier in a game which eventually ended 3-3.


QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"It's an honour and privilege for me to be involved with the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation at a Club where I spent so many years and have so many great footballing memories. They do great work, which I saw first-hand when I was a player and I look forward to supporting them now as an ambassador." - Adam Drury on becoming a CSF Ambassador.


GOAL OF THE MONTH
Russell Martin hit a goal of the season contender in the 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road, with his stunning effort putting the Canaries ahead early in the second half.

Often pressed forward for set-pieces, the City captain instead found himself some way short of the box as Jonny Howson prepared to deliver a corner from the right.

The ball was cleared as far as Martin, who needed no second invitation to lash home a rasping drive from distance on his 200th appearance for the Club to spark wild celebrations.


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