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On This Day in 2006... Shackell gives Grant first City win

17 October 2019

Today, Peter Grant oversees first-team proceedings as manager at Alloa Athletic, but rewind the clock 13 years and he was earning his first win as Norwich boss thanks to a goal from Jason Shackell at Birmingham City.

It was a much needed win, too. Norwich had failed to pick up a victory in any of their previous six matches in the Championship, drawing two and losing four - results that saw them sit 19th ahead of Grant's first game in charge after taking over from Nigel Worthington.

Despite match reports suggesting that Shackell had headed in the game's only goal from a Darren Huckerby free-kick, the video appears to show the ball go in off Birmingham defender Mat Sadler while under pressure from Shackell, with the commentator suggesting that be the case.

Either way, the goal was enough to grind out a marginal win, kick-starting a spell of three victories in the next five matches, form that took the Canaries as high as ninth in the division.

As for Birmingham, the result mounted pressure on manager Steve Bruce. Sections of the fanbase were clearly hoping to see him replaced, but they must have been biting their tongues when he led them to a second-placed finish and promotion to the Premier League that same year.

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