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IN PROFILE: NORWICH CITY

Norwich City manager Neil Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams

PUBLISHED

16:00 14th June 2014

by Ashley Houghton

As we countdown to fixture release, take a look at our new opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.

With the announcement of our Sky Bet Championship fixtures for the 2014/15 season just five days away, we continue our look at the division's six latest incumbents by profiling recently relegated Norwich City.

Norwich City

Founded: 1902

Stadium: Carrow Road

Travel

Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club offer travel to all away games but, should you wish to make your own way to Norfolk, the travel details are below:

Distance from the DW Stadium (By car): 247 miles (M6, M6 Toll, A14, A11)

By train: Wigan North Western to London Euston, Underground service from Euston to Liverpool Street (Circle or Hammersmith & City Line), London Liverpool Street to Norwich.

Last Season

After successful back-to-back Premier League survivals, Norwich succumbed to relegation in the 2013-14 season after a difficult campaign ended in a seven-game winless run.

The Canaries parted company with manager Chris Hughton following a 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion and installed youth team coach Neil Adams as caretaker boss before offering their former winger the role on a full-time basis.

It was a season that promised so much for the Carrow Road outfit too with their previous campaign returning their highest finish in 20 years.

But, despite the additions of previously prolific frontmen Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, Norwich’s lack of potency in front of goal proved costly with just 28 league goals from their 38 games.

Key Stat

Only Doncaster Rovers (0.52) had a worse goals to away game ratio than Norwich from the 92 league clubs.

Key Man

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass

It’s not surprising that Scottish international midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been linked to multiple Premier League clubs since the Canaries’ drop last season.

For Neil Adams, keeping Snodgrass could be key to promotion given the Glaswegian’s record at this level with Leeds United, though his six league goals in the top-flight last season is sure to attract interest from the top-flight.

The 26-year-old is a fans’ favourite at Carrow Road and his set-piece quality is as good as any in British football.

New Boy

It looked as if Lewis Grabban may make the move to Cardiff in May but he agreed to move to Norwich from Bournemouth at the beginning of June.

The Cherries’ leading scorer in the 2013-14 campaign with 22 league goals, the 26-year-old is just 25 goals short of 100 career league goals.

Norwich will be hoping for a strong season from the former Millwall man whilst Grabban himself will hope to earn his chance to play in the Premier League for the first time.

Latics Link

Leon Barnett and Grant Holt Norwich

Latics made a double swoop from Norwich ahead of the 2012-13 season with both Leon Barnett and Grant Holt making the move from Norfolk to Wigan.

Barnett enjoyed a busy start to life at the DW Stadium, making 52 appearances in his debut campaign whilst Holt scored twice in 20 appearances before joining Aston Villa on loan in January.

Head-to-head

Latics won the last meeting between the two sides back in March 2013 with Arouna Kone scoring an 81st minute winner, though it’s the Canaries who edge the head-to-head record with four wins in comparison to Latics’ two successes. There have also been three draws, all of which have ended 1-1.

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