Top-flight years: Wolf lacks bite as City go down
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A record signing and a good first season under new management ended up meaning very little for Norwich City in 2013-14 - CHRIS LAKEY turns back the clock
Chris Hughton/Neil Adams
Having done so well the previous campaign, it was all change for that difficult second season at the helm for Chris Hughton. It was, at best, an erratic season under Hughton, which ended in April when a home defeat to West Brom – their fifth in the last eight matches - left City one place and five points clear of the drop zone.
It didn’t help that Hughton had spent £20m on players, including record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper.
Neil Adams, a veteran of more than 200 games, took over, charged with keeping City in the top flight.
“These final five games will be a huge test for us, and everyone must step up to the mark. But with the full backing of these magnificent Norwich supporters we will have every chance of achieving our objective,” he said.
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Sadly, City won just one point, in a goalless draw at Chelsea... it didn’t help that their other opponents included bogey team Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Player of the season
A total of 29 starts and six goals clinched the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy – but as so often seems to be the way, he departed in the summer, for Hull City.
Robert Snodgrass and Gary Hooper
Six goals apiece tells pretty much the story – City were lightweight up front, their tally of 28 goals in 38 games by far the worst in the league. Only once did either player score in consecutive games.
There were very few – probably a 1-0 home win over Tottenham, who were chasing a top-four place, in February, Robert Snodgrass scoring the only goal of the game.
Ricky van Wolfswinklel
Signed for a club record fee of around £8.5m, the Dutchman scored on his debut, a 2-2 draw at home to Everton on the opening day of the season – but that was it for the entire campaign and remained the only league goal of his Norwich career. Brought in amongst great fanfare, he was a flop – the wrong player in the wrong place at the wrong time.