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Memorable Match: Bristol City 0-3 Norwich City

30 October 2020

With Norwich City travelling to Ashton Gate for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture, we’ve taken a look back at one of our favourite visits to the West Country.

Two goals from Simeon Jackson and one from Wes Hoolahan secured a professional win just over ten years ago.

Bristol City 0-3 Norwich City
October 2, 2010
Ashton Gate

What was on the line?

City may have been forgiven for taking time to re-adjust to life in the Championship having been promoted from League One in 2009/10, but making the step up didn’t prove to be a problem.

The Canaries had won five, drawn one and lost three of their opening nine league games, leaving them third in the Championship ahead of kick-off.

The Robins had finished 10th in the second tier in 2009/10, so ought to have been the favourites on paper, but a poor start to 2010/11 of just one win in nine games left them 23rd in the table, only Leicester City below them.

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How the game unfolded

City took the lead in the 23rd minute, Jackson unleashing a piledriver into the back of the net, but the following goals were a making of Bristol’s own mistakes.

Louis Carey was judged to handle the ball in the 35th minute from a Grant Holt strike, allowing Hoolahan to step up and convert from the penalty spot, before another defensive error put the result beyond doubt in the second half.

Jackson, alert to the potential to create danger, latched onto a goal-kick on the counter-attack and slid the ball past David James for 3-0 in the 64th minute.

Norwich City XI: Ruddy, Barnett, Ward, Russell Martin, Steven Smith (Fox 85’), Crofts, Hoolahan, Lappin, Korey Smith, Holt, Jackson (Chris Martin 81’)
Unused substitutes: Rudd, Askou, McNamee, Daley, Johnson

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What happened next?

From November onwards, Norwich made themselves hard to beat and put together an impressive run of form that saw them finish second and promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season.

As for Bristol, who fell to the bottom of the table, they had a remarkable recovery, losing just two of the ten games after this one, eventually going on to end the season in 15th.

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