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Memorable Match: Norwich City 2-1 Wolves

18 December 2019

With Norwich City taking on Wolves at Carrow Road this weekend, we’re looking back on one of our most memorable games against the West Midlands side.

Our last Premier League game against the side, Carrow Road witnessed an eventful 2-1 win for the Canaries nearly eight years ago.

Norwich City 2-1 Wolves
March 24, 2012
Premier League
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

For City, not too much, they were sitting 11th in the table with a comfortable 39 points from their 30 fixtures, 14 points clear of the relegation zone. With just eight games left of the season, it was unlikely that the Canaries would come close to the dreaded bottom three.

Although in a comfortable position, City were without a win in five games, meaning three points would be a much-needed confidence boost to see the Canaries through to the end of the season.

On the other hand, Wolves were sitting in the least desirable position in the league, 20th. 22 points in 30 fixtures saw the side four points clear from going down at the end of the season, proving every point crucial in the remainder of their campaign.

How did the game unfold?

The game started in a way Wolves fan would relish as soon-to-be Canary Matt Jarvis opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a solid strike inside the box, giving Wolves the hope of picking up the much-needed three points.

It didn’t take long for the Canaries to give a response of their own, with Grant Holt providing City’s solution less than 90 seconds later, looping the ball over Wayne Hennessey before heading it in, making the score level once again.

As the first-half ticked on, the scores stayed level, or at least they did until the dying minutes of added time. A penalty was given in City’s favour, after the trailing arm of Eggert Jonsson stopped the ball. Much to Wolves’ dismay, Holt stepped up once more and buried the shot, ending the half with City boasting the advantage.

A fairly quiet second-half didn’t see any more goals, but did see Holt receive a dismissal, after a painful-looking foul earnt him his second booking of the 90 minutes.

As the game ended, City fans rejoiced in their side picking up their first win in five games, taking all three points home to reinforce their mid-table position in the league.

What happened next?

City didn't have the best end to their Premier League campaign, picking up just five points in their last seven games. Nonetheless, the Canaries finished 12th in a competitive midtable battle, just being beaten to 10th by West Brom, who edged City out on goal difference.

Wolves picked up just three points from the rest of their season, leaving them with 25 points in 20th place, seeing them relegated to the Championship along with Blackburn and Bolton.

Wolves ended up getting relegated to League One in their returning season to the Championship, in which they came back with a vengeance to finish top in their first season of the third division.

After toying with the Championship for a few seasons, Wolves ended up winning that too, returning to the Premier League in style, going on to earn European competition in their first season back.  

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