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Norwich City v Bristol City

16 August 2016


JONNY Howson's first half strike gave City their first home win of the campaign as they beat Bristol City 1-0 at Carrow Road.

The visitors started quicker in the first half with a particular emphasis on frontmen Tammy Abraham and Jonathan Kodjia, but their threat soon receded as the Canaries took control.

Alex Tettey struck the post and their steady pressure told seven minutes before half-time when Ivo Pinto and Wes Hoolahan combined to set up Howson in the box, who finished coolly past Richard O'Donnell.

City started the second period the dominant side in possession, and although Bristol City for a short time threatened to come back into it, Alex Neil's men exerted a certain level of control and certainly could and should have added more to their tally.

Hoolahan hit the post and saw a deflected effort loop just over, debutant Sergi Canos' effort was kept out by O'Donnell - but in the end Howson's solitary strike proved enough for a deserved three points.

After City's injury problems stacked up at the weekend, Alex Neil was forced into two changes as Michael McGovern came in for his first competitive start in goal for John Ruddy.

Josh Murphy replaced Martin Olsson with Robbie Brady shifting to full-back; in a slight tweak to their attacking shape, Murphy started off the right flank with Hoolahan on the left.

Gary O'Neil, who spent the previous two seasons at Carrow Road, captained the Robins from central midfield.

Lee Johnson's Robins certainly had the better of the first 20 minutes and when Kodjia, via the palm of McGovern, struck the post it seemed to spring the home team into action.

Tettey's effort off the woodwork set the tempo for the rest of the opening period as Neil's men started to play their football, rapidly reducing the effectiveness of their opposition in the process.

Key men Hoolahan and Steven Naismith were seeing more and more of the ball, and the perfectly-timed opener saw the Irish veteran notch another assist, setting up Howson for his first strike since January.

The first victory on home turf is always an important moment in any season, and there was no doubt that City merited their maximum points haul from this one.

They would have liked to have added more to their total and perhaps should have done, but their tally of just one wasn't down to lack of effort and even luck, with the woodwork his twice.

At the close of Tuesday night's action, Neil's men sat in second place in the Sky Bet Championship table with a promising total of seven points from their first three matches.

GOALS: Canaries: Jonny Howson (38)

NORWICH CITY: McGovern; Pinto, Bennett, Klose, Brady; Howson (c), Tettey; Jo. Murphy (Canos 61), Naismith, Hoolahan (Mulumbu 83); Jerome (Lafferty 90). Subs not used: Jones (GK), Martin, Bassong, Morris.

BRISTOL CITY: O'Donnell; Little (Matthews 73), Bryan, Flint, O'Neil (c), Abraham, Tomlin, O'Dowda (Freeman 62), Pack (Reid 73), Kodjia, Magnusson. Subs not used: O'Leary (GK), Brownhill, Golbourne, Wilbraham.

REFEREE: Stuart Attwell


It's the big one! The East Anglian derby returns this Sunday as the Canaries travel the short distance to Portman Road to face off with fierce rivals Ipswich Town.

Kick-off is at midday at Portman Road, with the match broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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