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Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy reacts after conceding the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship defeat to Middlesbrough at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

The frustration of Friday night’s loss to Middlesbrough was still clear to see on the faces of Norwich City players John Ruddy and Bradley Johnson this morning.

Russell Martin gets in a tangle during Norwich City's Carrow Road defeat to Middlesbrough at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

There was one simple sentiment offered in the aftermath of extreme disappointment by captain Russell Martin – Norwich City will bounce back.

Jonny Howson rues his missed chance as Norwich City end up losing to Middlesbrough at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Michael Bailey reports from Carrow Road as Alex Tettey’s own goal condemns Norwich City to Championship defeat – and most likely, the Championship play-offs.

Russell Martin sums up the dejection for Norwich City after a 1-0 Championship defeat at home to Middlesbrough. 
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Alex Neil insisted it would be foolish to write off Norwich City’s Championship promotion chances after a damaging 1-0 defeat on Friday night to new leaders Middlesbrough.

Wes Hoolahan was in the thick of the action in Norwich City's Championship promotion clash against Middlesbrough. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Norwich City’s hopes of automatic promotion suffered a major blow after Middlesbrough inflicted a painful 1-0 defeat on the Canaries to move top of the Championship on Friday night at Carrow Road.

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy keeps the Canaries in front with a superb late stop in the 2-0 Championship win at Leeds. 
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John Ruddy insists Norwich City’s Championship showdown against Middlesbrough is the acid test in their Premier League quest.

Norwich manager Alex Neil expects his side to step up against Middlesbrough. 
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Alex Neil labels Norwich City’s winning burst under his command ‘unbelievable’ but the Canaries’ boss is urging his men to not squander that legacy against Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Norwich fans can tip the balance against Middlesbrough. 
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Alex Neil wants fan power to tip the balance in an epic Championship collision against promotion rivals Middlesbrough.

Compete against Carrow Road legends Jeremy Goss, Iwan Roberts and Darren Eadie in Norwich City Win, Lose or Draw

Friday’s opponents Middlesbrough are next up in our ‘Norwich City Win, Lose or Draw’ game where Canaries fans get to pit their wits against our writers, Norwich City legends Darren Eadie, Jeremy Goss and Iwan Roberts and presenters Jake Humphrey, Simon Thomas and Chris Goreham.

Norwich striker Lewis Grabban is battling to be in contention for Middlesbrough's Carrow Road visit on Friday. 
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Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is the only injury concern ahead of Friday’s epic Championship promotion battle against Middlesbrough.

There won't be any loss of focus for Jonny Howson as Norwich City preare for their final three games of the season, starting with a crucial clash against Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Friday’s visit from Middlesbrough was supposed to be about proving a point for Norwich City – but the reality deals in far more than that.

Norwich City's on-loan midfielder Josh Murphy will stay at struggling Championship rivals Wigan until the end of the season. 

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Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy will remain with Championship strugglers Wigan for the rest of the season after extending his initial one-month loan.

Norwich manager Alex Neil is looking forward to facing Championship promotion rivals Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil admits he is counting the hours to a titanic Championship promotion shoot-out with title rivals Middlesbrough at Carrow Road.

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson notches against old club Leeds in Tuesday's 2-0 Championship win. 
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Jonny Howson is a gem, insists Norwich City chief Alex Neil.

The Norwich City players celebrate victory at the end of the game at Leeds. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

What did you think of Norwich City’s performance against Leeds United? Let us know by rating the players out of 10 at www.pinkun.com/rate-the-players

Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at The City Ground, Nottingham. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Norwich City supporters were kept on the edge of their seats as Watford moved to within just one goal of leapfrogging the Canaries into the automatic promotion places in the Championship table.

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not banking on slip ups for Championship promotion rivals. 
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the pressure is now firmly on Championship promotion rivals Watford ahead of their Wednesday night trip to Nottingham Forest.

Jonny Howson salutes the traveling Norwich City fans after scoring the opening goal at Elland Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

A perfect Leeds return and the ideal result for Norwich City – Jonny Howson won’t forget Tuesday night in a hurry.

Goalscorer Jonny Howson is congratulated by Graham Dorrans, who had earlier missed a penalty during Norwich City's win at Elland Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Michael Bailey reports from Elland Road as Jonny Howson made the most of his Leeds return to drive Norwich City another step closer to a Premier League return.

Norwich City players celebrate in front of the travelling support after beating Leeds 2-0 in Tuesday's Championship trip to Elland Road. 
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Alex Neil revealed he was proud of his promotion-hunting Norwich City players after proving how much they want to get to the Premier League in a hard-fought 2-0 Championship win on Tuesday at Leeds.

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson settled for a muted celebration after scoring against his old club Leeds in a 2-0 Championship win at Elland Road. 
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Norwich stormed to a 2-0 Championship win at old foes Leeds to close in on a Premier League return after a tense Tuesday night trip to Elland Road.

Nathan Redmond is in the running for the Football League Young Player of the Year award. Picture: Richard Calver/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City star Nathan Redmond has been named on the shortlist for this season’s Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome and Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci were at the centre of an FA investigation into an allegation of racism during October's 1-1 Championship draw. 
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Alex Neil is warning his Norwich City squad to focus on Championship promotion on Tuesday night and forget about the last controversial meeting against Leeds United.

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson makes his first playing return to Leeds on Tuesday. 
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Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson insists there will be no divided loyalties when he returns to boyhood club Leeds.

Norwich City's Gary Hooper and Cameron Jerome were joined at Bolton by fit-again strike partner Lewis Grabban. Picture: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

Alex Neil is ready to unleash Norwich City’s attacking arsenal to fire the Canaries towards Championship promotion.

Norwich manager Alex Neil insists the Canaries will be ready to go at Leeds. 
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Alex Neil expects Norwich City to reap the benefits of their northern training camp when they embark on the next stage in their Championship promotion odyssey at Leeds.

Norwich City captain Russell Martin is looking forward to the special Elland Road atmosphere. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin is confident Norwich City will rise to the occasion against Leeds in Tuesday’s Elland Road cauldron.

Norwich manager Alex Neil celebrates victory over Neil Lennon's Bolton. 
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Norwich City appear to be engaged in psychological warfare masquerading as a Championship fight to the finish.

Gary Hooper slots Norwich City's winner in a 2-1 Championship victory at Bolton. 
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Alex Neil revealed the motto fuelling Norwich City’s Championship promotion surge after inspiring his troops to a thrilling stoppage time 2-1 victory at Bolton.

Norwich manager Alex Neil passes on final instructions to Lewis Grabban at Bolton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Lewis Grabban will play a massive part in Norwich City’s final Championship promotion assault.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon knew the threat of Norwich City striker Gary Hooper. 
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Gary Hooper’s predatory stoppage-time match-winning strike simply confirmed why Bolton boss and former Celtic mentor Neil Lennon rates him as the best hitman he has worked with.

Sebastien Bassong hugs Norwich City matchwinner Gary Hooper at the Macron Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

On such moments are promotions, even titles, won. The next four games may well define Norwich City’s season, but if it all plays out how everyone in this part of the world hopes, it will be the final few moments at the Macron Stadium people will refer to.

Bolton striker Emile Heskey shields from Russell Martin at the Macron Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The rebuilding job under way for Neil Lennon at Bolton is substantial – you forget the Trotters and City shared the Premier League just three seasons ago.

Gary Hooper celebrates scoring his and Norwich City's dramatic injury-time winner at Bolton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Gary Hooper might have come off the bench to score an injury-time winner to keep Norwich’s promotion dream alive against Bolton yesterday - but his celebrations were soon dampened after the match...

Gary Hooper celebrates scoring his and Norwich City's dramatic injury-time winner at Bolton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Michael Bailey reports from the Macron Stadium as Gary Hooper’s injury-time lob earns Norwich City a dramatic win at Bolton.

Gary Hooper hooks home a stoppage time winner in Norwich City's 2-1 Championship victory at Bolton. 
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil insisted he never gave up hope the Canaries could seal a precious 2-1 Championship win at Bolton to maintain their promotion push.

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper struck a 93rd minute winner to sink Bolton. 
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Gary Hooper’s dramatic 93rd minute winner kept alive Norwich City’s hopes of automatic Championship promotion in a thrilling 2-1 victory at Bolton.

Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong aims to repay the faith of Alex Neil. 
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Seb Bassong owes Alex Neil a huge debt for salvaging his Norwich City career.

Cameron Jerome heads Norwich City into a 2-0 lead in Bolton's Championship trip to Carrow Road earlier this season. 
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Norwich boss Alex Neil knows Neil Lennon well enough to predict his troops will not have to go looking for Bolton in Saturday’s latest Championship promotion assignment.

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe replaces Bradley Johnson in Norwich City's Easter Monday win. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Norwich City chief Alex Neil revealed he had already started to formulate a plan to cope without influential midfielder Bradley Johnson in the aftermath of his bizarre booking in the Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was happy to avoid picking up a second consecutive Championship manager-of-the-month accolade. Picture: Alan Walter / Griffiths Photographers

Alex Neil admitted he was a relieved man to avoid the dreaded Championship manager of the month curse ahead of the promotion run-in.

Sebastien Bassong is gearing up for a final push with Norwich City. 
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Seb Bassong is wary of the enemy within undermining Norwich City’s Championship promotion push.

Adam Drury in Norwich City action during the 2012 FA Cup fifth round. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

In the latest edition of Mustard TV’s Norwich City show Three Up Front, the panel look back at Norwich City’s six-pointer of an Easter, and what lies in store next.

Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is closing in on a return from ankle surgery. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Alex Neil delivered a clean bill of health ahead of Norwich City’s Championship trip to Bolton and revealed fit-again striker Lewis Grabban is also back in training.

Russell Martin celebrates Norwich City's second goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

A model professional everyone can trust – those are among the reasons Russell Martin has signed a new three-year deal at Carrow Road, tying the captain to Norwich City until the summer of 2018.

John Ruddy cuts a relieved figure as he collects the ball at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Clean sheets may have been a nice additional benefit, but it’s points that John Ruddy will be counting between now and the end of the captivating Championship campaign.

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe replaces Bradley Johnson in Norwich City's Easter Monday win. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Norwich City writer David Freezer examines who can try to fill Bradley Johnson’s boots during his two-match suspension.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was happy to avoid picking up a second consecutive Championship manager-of-the-month accolade. Picture: Alan Walter / Griffiths Photographers

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award for the second 
consecutive month.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has given his players the freedom to express themselves to thrust them into the race for promotion. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

The shackles have been thrown off Bradley Johnson and the midfielder is ready to fire Norwich City back to the Premier League.

Bradley Johnson's two match suspension is a big loss to Norwich City, says Steven Whittaker. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Even Steven Whittaker found it difficult to sum up Bradley Johnson’s season so far – all he hopes now is that Norwich City can cope in his absence.

Cameron McGeehan celebrates after winning the Skill Premier during his first stint with Luton Town. Picture: ACTION IMAGES/JED LEICESTER

Cameron McGeehan has given the clearest indication yet he feels his future does not belong with Norwich City.

Russell Martin salutes the Barclay Stand at the end of the game. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City moved into second place in the Championship with a 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.

Norwich City's two-goal midfielder Bradley Johnson was in the wars against Sheffield Wednesday. 
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Norwich City chief Alex Neil is challenging his fringe men to step up with key midfidelder Bradley Johnson banned for the next two stops on the Canaries’ Championship promotion push.

Happy Norwich City fans as Norwich win to move into one of the automatic promotion places, with five games to go. Marc Holl, 33, and his son, Reuben, 4. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As the truckers were raising money outside Carrow Road, fans inside were enjoying the prospect of automatic promotion.

Bradley Johnson and Cameron Jerome appeal for a first half penalty in Norwich City's 2-0 Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday. 
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There is a meanness to the way Norwich City are attacking the pursuit of Premier League football now that is a joy to behold.

Bradley Johnson heads Norwich City in front in a 2-0 Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday. 
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Alex Neil insists Norwich City are now masters of their own destiny after swatting aside Sheffield Wednesday to power into the Championship’s top two.

Two-goal hero Bradley Johnson gets a rousing reception at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Michael Bailey reports from Carrow Road as Bradley Johnson’s double sees Norwich City return to the Championship’s automatic promotion places at the expense of the Owls.

Caolan Lavery is pressured by Steven Whittaker at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Some games Norwich City have spluttered. Others, they’ve looked like the sleek high-performance vehicle their financial outlay should deliver. For Easter Monday, it was the well-oiled machine that took care of Sheffield Wednesday.

Wes Hoolahan dribbles through the Sheffield Wednesday defence only to see his shot saved by Keiren Westwood. 
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A frist-half brace from Bradley Johnson gave Norwich City a 2-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday and you can now replay the victory as it happened.

Bradley Johnson opens the scoring in Norwich City's 2-0 Championship win over Sheffield Wednesday in a bittersweet day for the midfielder. 
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Alex Neil conceded Bradley Johnson’s damaging yellow card was ‘avoidable’ after Norwich City’s two-goal match-winner against Sheffield Wednesday picked up a two-match ban for his 10th caution of the Championship season.

Bradley Johnson slams home his second in Norwich City's 2-0 Championship win over Sheffield Wednesday. 
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Bradley Johnson’s brace fired Norwich City into the Championship automatic promotion spots after a first half blitz overwhelmed Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday at Carrow Road.

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