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Looking back on a superb September which has rejuvenated Norwich City’s season

PUBLISHED: 11:49 01 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 01 October 2017

Angus Gunn leads the celebrations as Norwich City win 1-0 at Middlesbrough. 
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Angus Gunn leads the celebrations as Norwich City win 1-0 at Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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September has been nothing short of superb for Norwich City, blowing away the cobwebs of a worrying August which sparked early doubts about the vast changes made at the club this year.

James Maddison of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd James Maddison of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke’s squad have shown they have woken up to the demands of the Championship battle, after a dreadful end to August.

At the start of September the Canaries were third from bottom with just four points from five games, having become the first City team to concede four goals in successive games in the second tier in 18 years.

Saturday night’s excellent 2-1 win at Reading means Farke’s team finished the month in ninth place on 18 points after 11 games, three points adrift of third-placed Sheffield United.

It’s been a hugely impressive turnaround, so let’s take a look at some of the key stats:

8 – goals scored

7 – matches unbeaten

6 – league games

5 – clean sheets

Goal-scorer Nelson Oliveira celebrates Norwich City's 1-0 win over Birmingham at Carrow Road at the start of September. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Goal-scorer Nelson Oliveira celebrates Norwich City's 1-0 win over Birmingham at Carrow Road at the start of September. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

4 – successive away wins

3 – wins by a 1-0 margin

2 – goals conceded

1 – special free-kick from James Maddison

City’s German boss is now surely set for his first nomination for the Championship manager of the month award – but he does face stiff competition.

Bristol City and Aston Villa also picked up 14 points from their six league games during last month to force their way up the table, while the Portuguese revolution continued to pick up pace at Wolves, who claimed 13 points.

Here’s how the month unfolded for the Canaries.

Sat, Sept 5 – Norwich 1 (Oliveira) Birmingham City 0

Nelson Oliveira slides home Norwich City's winner against Birmingham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Nelson Oliveira slides home Norwich City's winner against Birmingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The stabilising start to September came courtesy of an early Nelson Oliveira strike from close range, after the returning Timm Klose turned Mario Vrancic’s corner goalwards in front of the Barclay. Farke’s decision to bring Alex Tettey and Tom Trybull into defensive midfield as part of a tweaked formation began a club-record run of league clean sheets.

Tues, Sept 12 – Norwich 0 Burton 0

The low point of the month, as Nigel Clough’s scrappy side arrived on the back of a 5-0 thrashing at Leeds and parked the proverbial bus to leave the Carrow Road crowd disappointed by a frustrating stalemate.

Sat, Sept 16 – Sheffield United 0 Norwich 1 (Wildschut)

Fresh hope was breathed into City’s season by a fine strike from Yanic Wildschut in the 23rd minute, before a stubborn rearguard resistance left the Blades fuming, as the Canaries learned from the spoiling tactics used against them by Burton. The Dutchman’s goal earned a first away win of the season and also continued his improved form.

Tues, Sept 19 – Brentford 1 Norwich 3 (Vrancic 2, Murphy) – Carabao Cup third round

League respite was provided by a comfortable victory away at Championship rivals Brentford in the League Cup, moving 3-0 ahead by the 68th minute, only for a loss of concentration in injury-time to rob Angus Gunn of a fourth consecutive clean sheet. The reward for the win was a glamour tie away to Premier League giants Arsenal in the fourth round, set to be played on Tuesday, October 24.

Sat, Sept 23 – Norwich 0 Bristol City 0

Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring in Norwich City's 1-0 win over Birmingham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring in Norwich City's 1-0 win over Birmingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Another frustrating Carrow Road encounter but this time against one of the division’s in-form teams. Cameron Jerome, Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic all wasted excellent opportunities though, as Lee Johnson’s side walked away from the game happier with the point.

Tues, Sept 26 – Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 1 (Maddison)

A memorable night for the 428 travelling fans who made the long journey to Teesside on a Tuesday night, thanks to James Maddison’s stunning long-range strike in the 13th minute. Another valiant defensive display left the early-season promotion favourites frustrated and saw Angus Gunn become the first goalkeeper to keep five successive league clean sheets in Canaries history.

Sat, Sept 30 – Reading 1 Norwich 2 (Maddison, Jerome)

With confidence clearly building, City finish the month with a fourth successive away success – in front of a national audience in a televised clash. Another Maddison super-strike, this time from a free-kick, was cancelled out quickly by the hosts but Farke’s team showed their spirit to reclaim the lead through a fine Jerome header early in the second half. It may have brought an end to an outstanding run of clean sheets but it lifted City to ninth in the table and just six points behind leaders Cardiff.

Mind the gap?

Another point of interest, when August finished Ipswich were second and eight points better off than City, who were in the relegation zone.

With the first East Anglian Derby of the season approaching on October 22, Norwich are currently level on points with Mick McCarthy’s side, who have a game in hand.

Yanic Wildschut has a shot on goal during City's frustrating 0-0 draw with Burton at Carrow Road.  
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Yanic Wildschut has a shot on goal during City's frustrating 0-0 draw with Burton at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

So perhaps all those ‘mind the gap’ tweets from Town fans weren’t the best of ideas.

Take a look at some of the best images from September below

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Josh Murphy fires wide during City's frustrating 0-0 draw with Burton at Carrow Road.  
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Josh Murphy fires wide during City's frustrating 0-0 draw with Burton at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich boss Daniel Farke and his assistant Eddie Riemer couldn't hide their frustration during City's 0-0 draw with Burton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich boss Daniel Farke and his assistant Eddie Riemer couldn't hide their frustration during City's 0-0 draw with Burton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Yanic Wildschut scored the winner for City at Sheffield United.
Picture by Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd Yanic Wildschut scored the winner for City at Sheffield United. Picture by Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke savoured Norwich City's incident-packed win at Sheffield United .
Pictur: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd Daniel Farke savoured Norwich City's incident-packed win at Sheffield United . Pictur: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

Christophe Zimmermann salutes the travelling supporters after City's 1-0 win at Bramall Lane. Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Christophe Zimmermann salutes the travelling supporters after City's 1-0 win at Bramall Lane. Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images

Yanic Wildschut takes the plaudits after scoring at Sheffield United. Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Yanic Wildschut takes the plaudits after scoring at Sheffield United. Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic puts Norwich 2-0 up at Brentford with this free-kick. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Mario Vrancic puts Norwich 2-0 up at Brentford with this free-kick. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wes Hoolahan salutes the travelling fans as the Canaries celebrate Mario Vrancic's second goal of the night at Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Wes Hoolahan salutes the travelling fans as the Canaries celebrate Mario Vrancic's second goal of the night at Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic slots home from the penalty spot to give the Canaries an early lead in their Carabao Cup match at Griffin Park. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Mario Vrancic slots home from the penalty spot to give the Canaries an early lead in their Carabao Cup match at Griffin Park. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic of Norwich is fouled by Josh Brownhill of Bristol City during a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Mario Vrancic of Norwich is fouled by Josh Brownhill of Bristol City during a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Josh Murphy sees another chance missed against Bristol City.  
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Josh Murphy sees another chance missed against Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome is still waiting for his first Championship goal at Carrow Road this season - although he came very close against Bristol City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Cameron Jerome is still waiting for his first Championship goal at Carrow Road this season - although he came very close against Bristol City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Daniel Farke urges City forward during their 0-0 draw with Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Daniel Farke urges City forward during their 0-0 draw with Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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