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After relegation in 2013/14, the 2014/15 season started promisingly under Neil Adams but slipped into mediocrity in the autumn and winter, with thrashings over Huddersfield and Millwall matched with disappointing performances against Reading and Preston in the FA Cup. An inconsistent defence and frequent changes to coaching personnel added to the mix. By January, Norwich had slipped to 10th and Neil Adams resigned. Alex Neil was brought in from Hamilton and turned Norwich's fortunes around. Convincing wins away at Bournemouth, Watford and Leeds were matched by home wins over Wolves, Ipswich and Notts Forest. However the Canaries could not displace Watford and Bournemouth from the automatic promotion places after points were dropped in home defeats to Wigan and Middlesbrough.

Finishing third, Norwich were drawn against arch enemies Ipswich whom they had already beaten twice this season. A 1-1 draw at Ipswich (Howson) was followed by a 3-1 home win helped by the sending off of Ipswich defender Berra and a penalty converted by Hoolahan. Jerome and Redmond completed the scoring

Norwich were thus to play Middlesbrough in the play-off final at Wembley on Monday 25th May 2015. Boro had beaten Norwich twice during the regular season, a 4-0 thrashing in the North East in the autumn and a 1-0 win at Carrow Road in late April. Norwich blitzed the Boro and scored two early goals (Jerome and Redmond) from which Boro never recovered, thus securing City's return to the Premier League.


1st Leg Ipswich   2nd Leg Norwich
Ipswich 1 Norwich 1   Norwich 3 Ipswich 1
Howson (41)   Hoolahan (50, pen)
Redmond (64)
Jerome (76)
Attendance 29,166   Attendance 26,994
1 Ruddy   1 Ruddy
2 Whittaker   2 Whittaker
5 Martin   5 Martin
30 Bassong   30 Bassong
23 Olsson   23 Olsson
22 Redmond   22 Redmond
8 Howson   8 Howson
27 Tettey   27 Tettey
41 Johnson   4 Johnson (& 87)
14 Dorrans (# 69)   14 Hoolahan (# 74)
10 Jerome (@ 86)   10 Jerome (@ 83)
Sub: Hoolahan (#)   Sub Dorrans #
Sub: Hooper (@)   Sub E. Bennett &
Sub: E. Bennett   Sub

Hooper @

Sub: R Bennett   Sub Murphy
Sub: Rudd   Sub R Bennett
Sub: O'Neill   Sub Rudd
Sub: Odijidja-Ofoe   Sub O'Neill



Wembley Stadium
25th May 2015
Norwich 2 Middlesbrough 0
Jerome (12)
Redmond (15)
1 Ruddy
2 Whittaker
5 Martin
30 Bassong
23 Olsson
22 Redmond (* 87)
27 Tettey
4 Johnson
8 Howson
14 Hoolahan (@ 75)
10 Jerome (# 74)
Sub: O'Neill (*)
Sub: Grabban (#)
Sub: Dorrans (@)
Sub Hooper
Sub E. Bennett
Sub R Bennett
Sub Rudd



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