Norwich City Premier League A-Z: Alex Neil cherry picking at Bournemouth
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League games between the Canaries and BOURNEMOUTH are few and far between, but there have been some notable ones, as Chris Lakey reports
January 10, 2015
Bournemouth 1 City 2
This game was the beginning of an era - Alex Neil's first game on charge ... sort of.
It wasn't mean to be that way - Neil, brought in to replace Neil Adams, was safely tucked away in the stands alongside the club's chief executive David McNally and technical director Ricky Martin.
But sometimes you just can't help yourself: at 1-1, City midfielder Jonny Howson was sent off in the 64th minute, prompting Neil to come down from the stands to the dug-out, where he had left Gary Holt and Mike Phelan in charge, and begin directing operations.
Matt Ritchie had put the Cherries ahead before Gary Hooper equalised on 36 minutes.
Reduced to 10 men, it had looked like a case of holding on, but City went on to beat the Championship leaders, thanks to a winner from Cameron Jerome 10 minutes from time. Bournemouth had been unbeaten in the league since September, winning 10 of 14 games. City had won only once away in that time, but this collector's item elevated them to seventh in the table - and a promotion challenge race was on.
Bournemouth ended up top of the table while City were third, but beat Ipswich and then Middlesbrough in a memorable play-off campaign.
Neil had started the process that day at Bournemouth as City went on to lose just three more league games - curiously, all at Carrow Road - before Wembley, where his name was firmly etched in the City history books
September 12, 2015
City 3 Bournemouth 1
This is the answer to the quiz question: when did Matt Jarvis score his only goal for Norwich City?
The winger's City career was ruined by injury problems, but he was on target in the 67th minute, putting City 3-0 up, after Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan had put them in control. Steve Cook pulled one back on 81 minutes but the game was already up.
It was also City's first home win in the Premier League that season, having opened with defeat to Crystal Palace followed by a draw against Stoke. It would be another couple of months before another followed in front of the home supporters.
April 5, 1952
Bournemouth 1 City 2
The significance? After City had beaten the Cherries 2-0 at home, this clinched a Division Three South double - and it remains the last time a Norwich City team have doubled Bournemouth.
City scored three times in the first 22 minutes. The first was "ruled out for an infringement which was not apparent to the crowd"... proving that some things don't change.
However, Ron Ashman - scorer of three goals in his previous four games - opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Johnny Gavin mad it 2-0 with a header.
This was the eighth away win of the season for the Canaries and the fifth double, which is pretty impressive going.
The crowd at Bournemouth was 6,903 on a day when there were more - 13,882 at Carrow Road, watching England beat France 3-0 in an amateur international.
Beloved of the national media, Howe is a long-standing fixture at the Cherries. He's been in charge since October, 2012, which makes him the longest serving manager in the top flight and the third in the top four divisions. The 41-year-old played 270 games for the club and became the youngest manager in the Football League when he first took charge in January 2009. Won promotion, went to Burnley for a couple of seasons then returned to the south coast and won promotion twice in three season - including alongside play-off winners Norwich in 2015 - as the Cherries reached the top flight for the first time in their history. And they have been there ever since. It's a small stadium and Howe is often deemed to be a miracle maker, but behind the quaint club picture there's a bit of money. Bournemouth are not Premier League paupers.
There was a bit of a wake-up call for Howe and his players at the end of last season when they were booed off the pitch by their own fans at half-time of a 2-2 draw with Newcastle. That's probably a sign of supporters who have had it too good. The Cherries have finished 16th, ninth, 12th and 14th in their first four Premier League seasons - and even with some Russian money behind them, that's no mean feat. It was a season when Bournemouth beat Chelsea 4-0, although there were some thumpings along the way.
Big summer for Howe as he seeks to consolidate their Premier League standing before the novelty wears off. And that may mean spending a few bob. He has already brought in defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for a reported £13million this summer.
At the tail end of the season he admitted: "I think it is a huge achievement [to be in the Premier League for another season], but the problem is that it gets boring for everybody here. Not the football, but the fact you stay in the Premier League is seen as the par for the course."
It's a par score that many teams would settle for.
HEAD TO HEAD
NW Draws BW
League 22 14 18
League Cup 1 1 1
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Saturday, February 8, 1958
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