Memorable Match: Millwall 1-4 Norwich City

With Norwich City travelling to The Den for tonight's Championship game against Millwall, we've looked back at a previous visit just under six years ago.

City delivered a classy and confident performance in the Championship under Alex Neil during an important part of the 2014-15 season.

Millwall 1-4 Norwich City
March 7, 2015
The Den

What was on the line?

For Norwich, this match was all about solidifying their spot in the play-off places. The Canaries had spent the majority of the season in the top half, occasionally topping the division early on, but had just fallen from third to fifth prior to this game after suffering a 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic.

As for Millwall, they were on a poor run and had just been defeated 3-0 by Middlesbrough. Occupying the relegation spots, three points would have been crucial to the fight to stay in the league.

How the game unfolded

Jonny Howson gave Norwich the lead with a brilliant solo goal in the 38th minute, showing good footwork to beat one Millwall midfielder before smashing the ball into the top left corner from distance.

City then won a penalty on the brink of half-time as Cameron Jerome was brought down with a late challenge in the 18-yard box, and it was Gary Hooper who stepped up to convert, smashing it down the middle for 2-0.

Wes Hoolahan put the result effectively beyond doubt 12 minutes into the second half, capitalising on a defensive error to dance into the box and pick out the bottom right corner.

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With half an hour to go, Howson made sure with his brace and City's fourth, Jerome putting the ball on a plate for him to side foot into an empty net.

Millwall did get one consolation goal back in the 82nd minute as Lee Gregory scored from the spot, but it was too little too late for the home side.

City XI: Ruddy, Cuellar, Martin, Olsson, Whittaker, Hoolahan (Andreu 83), Howson, Johnson, Dorrans (O'Neil 78'), Hooper (Redmond 78'), Jerome
Unused substitutes: Rudd, Turner, Odjidja-Ofoe, Murphy

What happened next?

Norwich put together a run of ten games with just one defeat to end the season in third place, three points shy of Watford, before winning the play-off semi-finals against Ipswich Town and final against Middlesbrough.

By contrast, Millwall failed to win any of their remaining fixtures, going on to finish 22nd in the Championship and face relegation to League One.

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