It has been a tough Christmas period for Norwich City as they slumped to defeat on Boxing day against Fulham and then lost out to Manchester United two days later.
As we were tucking into the Christmas day leftovers, Norwich City were attempting to build the gap between them and relegation fighters Fulham, but it wasn’t to be Norwich’s day.
Despite the Canaries taking the lead through a deflected Gary Hooper effort, Fulham proved to be the more clinical in front of goal, equalising 20 minutes later through Pajtim Kasami. His free-kick found its way through the wall and into the net.
The game didn’t see a winner until the 87th minute when Scott Parker unleashed a shot from the edge of the box, which flew into the net to seal a vital three points for the Cottagers.
Bradley Johnson was named the Anglian Home Improvement’s Man of the Match.
Norwich upped their game against the Red Devils and looked like the better side for large parts of the game, but luck (and Danny Welbeck) was on Manchester United’s side as they scored the only goal of the game.
Norwich dominated the first half with Gary Hooper, Robert Snodgrass and Wes Hoolahan all having good chances to score, but De Gea and his defence held firm.
At half-time David Moyes changed tactics introducing Danny Welbeck who made an instant impact to the team. Manchester United looked the more dangerous side going forward, but it was a mistake that cost the Canaries the game. Ryan Bennett’s attempted clearance bounced nicely off the leg of Welbeck, then deflecting off Hernandez perfectly in the path of Welbeck who calmly rounded Ruddy and slotted it away.
Wes Hoolahan was named the Anglian Home Improvement’s Man of the Match against Manchester United for his tireless performance.
It didn’t get much better when Norwich had to play Fulham again in their home game in the FA Cup. Despite not being knocked out of the competition thanks to Robert Snodgrass, who cancelled out Darren Bent’s opening goal, they have got to replay the game at Craven Cottage on 14th January. An extra game the yellows could probably do without during a time where lots of games are crammed into a small time frame.
One very promising sign from the Fulham game was that the youth of the team has talent as the Murphy twins proved they can compete on the big stage, with Josh claiming an assist for the Norwich goal.
David Fox was named the Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match in this game.