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Memorable Match: AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich City

16 October 2019

With the international break done and dusted, Premier League action returns at Vitality Stadium this weekend, as Norwich City travel to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm KO).

One of City’s best away wins at Bournemouth is the most recent one, when a ten-man side under the guidance of a new manager overcame the odds to beat the eventual champions.

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich City

January 10, 2015

League Championship

Goldsands Stadium

What was on the line?

Just over halfway through the 2014/15 campaign, the trip to the south coast represented the first Norwich City game under newly appointed manager Alex Neil. Keen to impress, a win away to the team at the top of the table would be the perfect way to start.

Bournemouth had been unbeaten in their last 14 matches as Eddie Howe’s side took the second tier by storm. City weren’t doing too badly either, sitting seventh in the division ahead of this fixture, and a win would get them within touching distance of the play-off places.

How did the game unfold?

The match started in the same vein Bournemouth fans had got used to seeing that season – their side going in front. A Marc Pugh cross from the left wing was volleyed into the bottom left corner from Matt Ritchie inside 18 minutes.

But Norwich didn’t allow the game to get away from them, as Gary Hooper got on the end of a Nathan Redmond corner to equalise nine minutes before half-time.

In the 64th minute, City gave themselves a mountain to climb as Jonny Howson was sent off for a late challenge on Yann Kermorgant but climb the mountain they did.

Neil made his way down from the directors’ box at Dean Court and into the dugout, looking like he meant business.

With ten minutes left on the clock and the scores still level, up stepped Cameron Jerome to curl a beauty into the top right corner from distance. Artur Boruc got a hand on it but to no avail, as Norwich held on to earn their first win at Bournemouth since September 1954.

Norwich City: Ruddy, Turner, Martin, Olsson, Whittaker (Bennett 60’ (O’Neil 67’)), Howson, Johnson, Tettey, Redmond (Lafferty 79’), Hooper, Jerome

Subs not used: Rudd, Hoolahan, Grabban, Murphy

What happened next?

Great fortunes for both teams as the pair got promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season. For Bournemouth, that came by way of winning the Championship title, avoiding too many stumbles like this one against City.

For City, a place in the Premier League was guaranteed with a 2-0 play-off final win over Middlesbrough at Wembley, after Alex Neil’s side had finished the division in third place.

The Cherries have stayed in the Premier League ever since, managing an impressive top half finish in their second top-flight campaign, while City had to go down before coming back up again.

What the media said

“Neil must have been impressed by how his side not only overcame a one-man disadvantage, but also the impact of losing two centre-halves to injury during a victory that ended the Cherries' 14-game unbeaten run in the league.” [BBC]

“A spectacular strike from Cameron Jerome 10 minutes from time crowned a fine fightback from the visitors after Gary Hooper had cancelled out Matt Ritchie’s opener for Bournemouth. The victory was even more impressive, as Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson was sent off midway through the second half.” [The Guardian]

“The win was a deserved one - few sides have come to the Goldsands Stadium this season and matched Eddie Howe’s title-chasers like this. Incredibly, the 10-men went in front thanks to Jerome’s moment of magic. Proof, as if it were needed, that you should always expect the unexpected in football.” [Daily Mail]

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