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Alex Neil savours ‘perfect start’ after Norwich City’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth

17:58 10 January 2015

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Cameron Jerome got Alex Neil's Norwich City reign off to a perfect start at Bournemouth.. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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New Norwich City boss Alex Neil savoured a ‘perfect start’ after plotting the 10-man Canaries’ 2-1 Championship win over leaders Bournemouth.

Gary Hooper and Cameron Jerome sealed a superb victory following Matt Ritchie’s first half opener, but City had to respond after Jonny Howson had been red-carded in the second half for wiping out Yann Kermorgant.

Neil watched the action from the directors’ box prior to Howson’s dismissal before joining Mike Phelan and Gary Holt in the dugout at the Goldsands Stadium.

“It was a fantastic win, to go away to the league leaders, down to 10 men, and then to manage to get a victory,” he said. “All credit has to go to the players and I am really pleased for those who travelled down.

“I’m definitely claiming that as my first win. Listen, if we had lost I would have probably been blamed for the defeat. Yeah, at the end of the day Mike (Phelan) and Gary (Holt) had prepared the team all week, they had selected the team but I did speak to the players last night when we were doing our debrief about Bournemouth.

“I spoke to them at half-time and then when we went down to 10 men. I just felt the circumstances had changed at that point and I was better suited to lend my support at the side of the pitch with the staff rather than just sitting in the stands. Thankfully for me we managed to get a goal when I came down and go on and win the game, so it was a perfect start.”

Neil revealed City could appeal Howson’s straight red card after the Yorkshireman appeared to win the ball with his right foot before sweeping Kermorgant to the ground with his left.

“I thought it was really harsh,” said Neil. “I was right in line with it and I thought Jonny (Howson) got the ball really clean but obviously the referee had a different angle to me and chose to send him off but we’ll have a look at the video and have a look at it. Potentially we might appeal. At first glance on the video it didn’t look like a sending off so we’ll get our guys to have a look and go from there.”

Cherries’ counterpart Eddie Howe was disappointed with the hosts’ failure to break down City’s 10-men.

“I don’t think we showed the real Bournemouth today,” he said. “We found it difficult going to build any pressure or momentum. We didn’t show our usual fluency with the ball and you have to give Norwich credit for that. Even with a man extra we couldn’t manage it and that is the frustration from our perspective at 1-1 you would expect us to bombard their goal and for what ever reason it didn’t really happen.

“I think if we needed reminding, which I don’t, about the quality of this division and how difficult it is to win in this division we got it today. Norwich have an outstanding squad. There is no doubting the quality of player they have got. We always knew today was going to be a really tough assignment.”

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51 comments

  • I see Ipswich Towns run has come to an end..Sliding back down to where they belong and have been for thirteen seasons.With 86 million in debt I'm not surprised they were brought together on a shoestring by a manager who got relegated with Wolves..MM said after the defeat to Derby..It was a nothing game.He meant to say a nothing team beaten by a good team.Goal scored by an ex canary too..Well done Chris Martin..

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    paul553

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • I was a very keen on the NA appointment and very sorry to see him starting to struggle to deliver. We are all on the outside and not privy to what the real situation was and various hypotheses exist. Mine was that he probably cared too much and is a sensitive man and was starting to drown in the job. Looked like a bit of a burn-out and I feel for him. An on the other hand looks a very strong character and I hope he builds a superb reputation over the next years before eventually heading to Villa.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • ......Lincsl....Perhaps we should change our manager once a fortnight then!....The only well paid job NA is likely to get in the summer is to paste together the pieces for another month or two!....But it's handy to have a general dogsboby to do that!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Pulis won at the weekend with Irvines team. Pardew won with Warnock's team. It's football, clubs make changes to improve results and some managers get a rough deal. Adams however has a long break and then returns to a well paid job. Not the worst treatment a human being has ever suffered.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Pondlife, Horrendous Tackle? I don't think that it was even a foul and I hope that we appeal it. If their player hadn't gone down like he had been shot the red card would never have come out. Howson may not have had his best game ever but lets be sensible eh? He took the ball cleanly, his foot was on the ground and it wasn't two footed. Tell me which part of the tackle was horrendous please. OTBC

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    baguio

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • …..I wonder what is going through the head of a fellow human being...Neil Adams?.... dismissed from the bench and watching the team that he would have probably have chosen, come away from Bournemouth victorious...his assistants having put in no more than he would have done!....His replacement having contributed very little, but praised to high heaven!....If Neil had received the support he should have had from his employers, he could still be sitting on that bench and Norwich City may have also had more points in the kitty....Don't agree?...Fair enough! ...but I wonder how many of you would have had shining results with the knowledge that how ever hard you tried....you were to be turfed out at the first opportunity after Christmas!...Hold your Head High Neil....Happy New Year to one and All!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • I was one of those dreading the Bournemouth trip SuffEx. Also expected a predictable managerial appointment and another run of inconsistent results. So for once well done board (McN?) and let's hope we can push on from here. Don't think too many signings needed. Like Howe says our squad has quality. Motivation and organisation has been the problem. AN seems to have those attributes, like Lambo did, the same Lambo whose team is on the slide, eleven goals from 21 games, unloved by fans. And this season he does not have his six points to pluck from Norfolk. And finally, on the subject of past managers, Hoots commented after his win at Charlton that he is looking to forge a more compact tougher style of play because clean sheets matter. Good luck Brighton.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Defence has been the weak link all season and quality commanding centre half is still the biggest requirement. We have plenty of CH's but I don't have 100% cionfidence in any of them. Time to offload a couple and get one or two in of the required quality. AN should be able to get what we have already into the play-offs but time to freshen the squad a little bit.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • The board needs some praise to not dragging their feet this time

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    Curly

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • El tel seems a bit touchy. Anything to do with the start of the donkeys' annual bottling?

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • It was only a week ago that a lot of supporters were dreading the Bournemouth trip. Every signing of a player or a manager has a risk factor. I think the board have made a sensible move in appointing a manager who is up and coming, rather than just searching for a Premiership or Championship manager currently "between jobs". It will be interesting to see where the Canaries are in the table at Easter. I don't think Alex Neil will be with Norwich for too long, he might see the move as a stepping stone, but I hope he makes a positive impact. Did anyone put money on him being appointed?

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    Suffolk Exile

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Could the staff @ 1p5wich Community Care Centre please take El Tel off the computer now ? That's right, he's being silly. Put his plastic bib on....+ put him back in the van....restrainer belt on.....plastic helmet......Bye Bye....See you next week little man.....x

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Major tom - was martin injured as well? If that's the case we are getting a tad thin, with Cuellar still unfit as well. If we could get the Bassong back of his first season he'd play every game, no question. But can we get that player back? Well thats down to the new manager. I really hope he can, as at his very best Bassong is the first name on the team sheet for me. If he can't then we'll know its a lost cause and time to flog him for whatever we can get. OTBC.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Whittaker was poor he either let his man get to the bye line or get inside him. I think NR was getting fed up with having to get back to cover for him as we saw with the arguing between them. All in all a much better performance from a team that will need to play like this every week. If, (no when) AN sorts out the back line we will be better for it. If SW doesn't like the inevitable rocket up him he had better sort out or ship out. OTBC.

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    Egyptian canary

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Great Result! Well done to Mike Phelan & Gary Holt for "Plotting" the game and well done to Alex Neil for his assistance after the sending off.

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    Watton Warrior

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • DCL,Martin,Bennett injured, time for Bassong don't you think.

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    Major tom

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Great result, as predicted although, it cost me a quid (done 1-3) but, i,d gladly lose a sov every game as long as we win. To all donkey trolls, ei ei eio down the football league you GO!!!! Prediction: city 3 the blue erm black possibly pink or even grey birds 0.

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    john dab

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • El tel - tad sensitive today are we my dear? Bad day yesterday was it? Oh bless your cotton socks - you're sooooooo sweet when you sulk! Why don't you go and get yourself a nice cup of coco, a couple of choccy biccies and have a nice big cry? Maybe Uncle Mick can read you a story for your afternoon nap? I hear there's a new ipswich town book out - '13 shades of grey (and counting)'. It's not as interesting as it first sounds, but as such, has the benefit that it will probably send you straight off to dream land. Nighty night little binner.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Timbo or Timber you seem as th!!! As a piece of wood.

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    El tel

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • City beat the league leaders away and Ipswich lose at home.Unexpected but the sweeter for it.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Fantastic start for AN, especially in the circumstances of playing the last 30 mins with 10 men. I've liked everything I've seen and heard from him so far. Massive credit to MP and GH for picking both Hooper and Jerome together away at the leaders. They are definitely our best hopes for goals and they can work as a partnership, unlike some other front pairings we've seen this season. All in all a good day, with Boro and Watford dropping points as well as Town. 8 points suddenly looks a manageable gap, but only if AN can quickly deliver some consistency. It's only 3 weeks since we played really well against Derby and Millwall, and then dreadfully v Reading and Preston. Yesterday's win won't mean much unless we repeat the performance against Cardiff next week, and Brentford after that. For me, that will be the true measure of ANs man management. Still a fantastic start though...........

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    Alan Black's Back

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Howson was awful. Played like he had a hangover. No surprise we played better after he went off. Horrendous tackle just luck if he touched the ball at all. Away from home it needs Johnson in the middle with Tettey. Redmond mouthing the crowd again. Becoming a habit. Whittaker worst performance I've seen and I'm a big fan of him. Jerome superb Hooper hot and cold. Great result through some old fashioned doggedness we not seen lately.

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Regards to streaming. Unibet ususlly has live streaming of the championship games but unfortunately not yesyerday. You have to create an account usually £30 or so and as long as you are in credit you can see the games that are streamed.

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    NoggintheNog

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • El Tel? Just go back to Portalooo Road donkey sanctuary where you belong you amateur. Ee-Aww !!!!!!!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Got back late last night from the Malaga - Villarreal game and just in time to see the highlights on the FL Show. Didn't know the score which made it even better to watch! form the little we saw, it looked a different team - far more commitment than we have seen in a lot of games this season, plus some good use of the ball and invention. Congrats to Alex for coming own to the touchline at a critical time and for being in the dressing room at half time. I am sure his influence is already being felt and that all the players have been made painfully aware that they have to up their game. What I have seen and heard from him so far impresses me greatly. I feel he may well be the spark that lights up the rest of our season. As was predicted, the top teams may be starting to hit rocky patches. This always happens but hopefully we are through ours and it is the perfect time to get into a good run of form. Remember how we stormed through the league in our last Champiopnship season. As one who has roundly criticised many of the players recently, I am now hoping they will now begin to show some unity and common cause and if they continue to up their work rate then we could well end up in he promotion mix one way or another. Well done Alex and the team. Great for the travelling fans as well.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Great 3 points yesterday. Dean, had the same problem with streams. some weeks there are just no links, try firstrowsports or VIPLeague also. Lots of ads and pop ups, but works fine once youre past all of these, OTBC

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • dean coney legend yes rip wiziwig.Vive le cricfree. And a good start to the new regime.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Timbo reading your comments I see you have not got a clue about football.The donkeys down the road have more trophys than we will ever have or get the most trophys we have are what Delia has won at cooking so instead of wriiting garbage comments learn the game and come back later.

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    El tel

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Apologies to Barking Wise.(Early Saturday) I completely missed your point- je suis Barking.Very sorry.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Great result, credit to all. Diplomatic response to the red card. Has anyone seen a replay? I liked "I did speak to the players." Does AN buy his hair-driers from the same shop as Fergie? Early days but bodes well.

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    MGNdweller

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • beware the crowing timbo, still a long way off Town at the moment. let's just enjoy today in the hope there are many more to come. terrific result.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Good win but lets not get all worked up before we dub Alex "The New Lambert".

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    Simon Hartstone

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • canadiancanary - although wiziwig (RIP) has gone, wiz1 still appears to be working - this was the site that normally appeared as one of the links on wiziwig to championship games. Alas, there was no link to Norwich's game today on there today. :( If anyone has any other sites, I'm all ears.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • thanks to the demise of wiziwig I had to follow today's match on BBC sports web-site . what really showed through was the incredible number of fouls we committed and the number of times Jerome was caught offside ; 2 items for our new manager to address ! does anyone know of a good alternative to wiziwig , so us foreigners can watch our beloved canaries ?

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    canadiancanary

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Good point Waclor, was MP officially the manager today or was it AN?

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    DorsetCanary

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • @Warky, oddly perhaps but most of us Budgies were actually quite pleased with the appointment. You appear to spend half of your life on this website so why have you said that most were devastated? Feel free to have another look through the threads on here if you like but the general consensus is a positive one. I would suggest that if you're going to make stuff up it's probably better to do it about things that are less easy to prove to be utter tosh? INWT

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Just seen Chrissy Martin's winner against the donkeys. Plenty of empty seats @ Portaloo Rd ( what's new?) but the few that were there, were going spare that an ex-Yeller ran straight thru their defence. Happy Days :-)

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    Timbo

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • No ones saying he's the messiah. I think everyone's just pleased. I say testament to his character getting off his a55 and mucking in after Howson was sent off. Let's also not forget that Bournemouth were unbeaten in 14.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Let's see how long the Honeymoon last. 3 days ago most Budgies were devastated still the news of the appointment of The Rookie, now he is touted as the Messiah. What new manager in their right mind wouldn't come down from the stands when their team gets reduced to 10? If he hadn't, he would have been slated by the fickle Nor-folk.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Lord Besty, it is not cool to smile while you are posing. As far as I am concerned Cam can take up gurning as long as he scores goals like that.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • I am very concerned that Mr Bucket may have noticed that Alex was too impatient to sit in the stand all match. Oh Mr Bucket another impatient Scotsman; I bet by March you will have changed your mind on who is the most impatient man you have ever met. As a fan though brilliant. He couldn't wait to get involved and I bet he doesn't even know have to stand still with his arms crossed. Congrats also to Mike and Gary. Will Mike Phelan be the only manager in any league with a 100% win rate?

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Oh how the beautiful game seems just that bit more beautiful tonight. If this carries on I might actually have to eat humble pie and give some credit to the Board . OTBC , EPL here we come!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Michigan worry not. I posted today during the game but got ethered ( John in North Cyprus) that my Scottish mates say AN is a tough cookie. He plays hard and expects everyone else to do the same. Any slackers will be out PDQ. I felt if we won today it would mark a watershed in our season. B'mouth haven't had many teams attack them like we did today and got found out. Onwards and upwards say I.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • well done MP,you brought the team together

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    canarykid

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • A really hard fort victory, excellent performance by all the team and the coaches, can't wait for Cardiff. OTBC PS to the board and DMc an inspired piece of recruitment, AN really seems to be made of the right stuff!

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    SinguptheJarrold

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Could get even better in the next couple of weeks. Our ex manager could do us a favour on the 21st, and we control our own destiny for getting back into the top 6 against Brentford.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Does Cam ever smile? He's scored some wonderful goals and some very important goals but I can't say I've ever seen his teeth. Shame, I bet they're lovely.

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Great result and team performance. Hard work and not a little quality works wonders! Keep it up guys. About time our away supporters were treated to a really good day out! That journey home is going to fly by! OTBC

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Indeed Michigan. Hope fully they'll have learned much in the last few years from Lambo's departure, thru Hughton's appointment thru Neil Adams' appointment to now.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Congrats all round. Nails well and truly bitten but all good in the end. Let's hope it's the start of better times!

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    john doe

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Really good that he got involved straight away. Stamped his authority on the performancce, but gave credit to others. Have a good feeling about this appointment, but hope the "executive committee" don't get in the way.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

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