REVIEW: ROTHERHAM 2-1 CITY
NORWICH City's away day blues continued as they were beaten 2-1 by basement club Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Alex Neil's side won't want to reflect on the first half again after going behind in the early exchanges and then seeing Nelson Oliveira dismissed.
The Millers got the opening goal after just seven minutes when Canary old boy Tom Adeyemi crossed for Jerry Yates, who was left free in the box to slide the ball home.
To compound the visitors' frustrations, Oliveira was shown a straight red card eleven minutes later for an alleged elbow on Kirk Broadfoot in Rotherham's area, leaving the Canaries reeling.
City fought and Timm Klose should have scored prior to the break, but six minutes into the second half a spell of pressure yielded the leveller as substitute Cameron Jerome nodded home Wes Hoolahan's pinpoint cross.
Their parity didn't last long, however, as Rotherham made headway down the left, Joe Mattock crossing for Adeyemi to climb above Steven Whittaker and power his header out of Ruddy's reach.
The home side pressed for a third to finish City off, and although Neil was aggressive with his substitutions his ten men couldn't muster
HOW THEY LINED UP
Neil made only one change from the 3-0 victory over Derby County earlier in the month as Whittaker started at left-back in place of Martin Olsson.
That meant Russell Martin and Klose continued in central defence, with the latter having overcome the minor injury that forced him off against Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup.
Alex Tettey, on nine bookings with ten resulting in a two-match suspension, partnered Jonny Howson in central midfield while Nelson Oliveira began in attack.
The Canaries started the second half with intent and fully merited their leveller when Jerome netted for the first time since the reverse fixture between these two sides in October.
But Adeyemi's header barely before City had a chance to build another attack knocked the stuffing out of Neil's men.
It capped an impressive showing in the middle of the park from the Yellows Academy graduate and he will have been delighted to nab the winning goal against his boyhood club.
WHAT IT MEANS
Wolves away in early October was the last time Norwich earned victory on the road and another defeat here stemmed the progress made in 2017 so far.
This was only Rotherham's fourth win of the entire campaign - at the close of the afternoon's action, City had dropped to 11th in the division standings.
GOALS: Millers: Jerry Yates (7), Tom Adeyemi (55) - Canaries: Cameron Jerome (51)
ROTHERHAM UNITED: Price; Fisher, Broadfoot (c), Wood, Mattock; Smallwood; Forde, Vaulks, Adeyemi, Newell (Taylor 68); Yates. Subs not used: Bilboe (GK), Kelly, Wilson, Bailey, Belaid, Dawson.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Klose, Whittaker; Tettey (Lafferty 80), Howson (Jerome 24); Ja. Murphy (Pritchard 69), Naismith, Hoolahan; Oliveira. Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Bassong, Bennett, Jo. Murphy.
REFEREE: Geoff Eltringham
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