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On This Day in 2016... City go top of the Championship

15 October 2019

Goals from Wes Hoolahan, Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith sent Norwich City to the top of the Championship three years ago today.

Rotherham United were the visitors at Carrow Road having endured a torrid start to the 2016/17 campaign. They were bottom of the league ahead of the match, while City had accrued 23 points from their opening eleven games.

Alex Neil's side opened the scoring within 17 minutes when Alex Pritchard astutely played Hoolahan through on goal. It might have been more straightforward to shoot first time, but Hoolahan was intent on scoring a goal that was pleasing on the eye, twisting past one Rotherham defender before sitting another one down (as well as the goalkeeper) and picking out the bottom right corner.

City continued to relentlessly attack Rotherham well into the second half, with Hoolahan often involved. It was the goalscorer who turned provider for the Canaries' second, as Hoolahan's lofted ball from the right wing was scooped past Lee Camp by Jerome for 2-0 with 25 minutes to go.

The three points were far from guaranteed, however. After the away side had a goal ruled out for offside, they did get back into the game in the 74th minute to setup a nervy finale. A Darnell Fisher cross was converted by Dexter Blackstock to present United with a chance of salvaging a point.

But City, with their sights set on overtaking Huddersfield Town at the top of the league table, weren't about to throw the result away so easily. Naismith, on as a substitute, made sure of that when he popped up at the back post to tuck in Josh Murphy's delivery in the 89th minute. 3-1, three points, first place - all in all a good day in the living room!

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