That’s entertainment! Carrow Road the place to be for goals in the Championship this season

Bradley Johnson celebrates scoring Norwich City's third goal during a 6-1 thrashing of Millwall at C

Bradley Johnson celebrates scoring Norwich City's third goal during a 6-1 thrashing of Millwall at Carrow Road in December. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Carrow Road has been the home of entertainment in the Championship this season, reports DAVID FREEZER.

It's rarely dull at Carrow Road and this season the statistics are proving that the home of the Canaries is the place to go for entertainment.

Norwich City's stadium has witnessed more league goals than any other Championship venue so far this campaign following Saturday's nail-biting 3-2 win over Cardiff for Alex Neil's team.

In total, 47 goals have been scored in the 13 league games played at Carrow Road so far this season, taking into account goals scored by City and their opposition.

That is five more than at any other Championship stadium so far – with all clubs having hosted 13 matches this season.


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Fans of league leaders Bournemouth have witnessed 42 at Goldsands, the same as Watford supporters at Vicarage Road and at Birmingham City's stadium, St Andrew's.

At the other end of the scale, it is Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium which has been the least entertaining, where just 19 goals have been scored – less than half of the goals scored at Carrow Road.

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Saturday's win against Cardiff was a perfect example of the sort of entertainment which has been on offer in Norwich this term.

Having gone 3-0 up in the first half, including a penalty save from John Ruddy, the Canaries then had the home faithful on the edge of their seats for the rest of the game as Cardiff pulled it back to 3-2.

City held on for the win on this occasion, as new manager Neil continues to try and get the club's promotion push back on track, but they have not always been as successful on home turf.

Of their 13 home games, Norwich have won six, drawn five and lost two.

Dominant home wins against Watford (3-0) and Blackburn (3-1) started City's home campaign under Neil Adams, but draws with Bournemouth, Birmingham, Rotherham and Leeds, as well as a shock 1-0 loss to Charlton, turned that home form upside down.

A 2-1 win against Bolton restored some pride, before a six-goal thriller against Brighton and a 2-1 defeat to Reading ensured that frustration returned for the home faithful.

December brought two high-scoring games, starting with a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Huddersfield, when all five goals were scored in the second half and the home support were able to say goodbye to club legend Grant Holt.

The fun continued on Boxing Day with a 6-1 thumping of a very poor Millwall – which could easily have seen City reach double figures, had they been even more ruthless.

Including Saturday's win against Cardiff, that makes it 14 City goals in their last three home matches.

Will Brentford be the next to fall to the rapid-fire of City's attacking talent, or will they be able to bring a halt to the entertainment on offer at the Championships's premier entertainment venue?

The entertainment has certainly helped to keep attendances high this season – unlike Fulham and Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League alongside Norwich (see right). Only Derby County have a higher average attendance in the Championship than City, of 28,651.

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