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Championship: Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich

Ten-man Norwich City marked Alex Neil’s first game in charge with a stunning win at leaders Bournemouth.

The Cherries led when Matt Ritchie thumped in Marc Pugh’s cross.

Norwich’s equaliser was controversial, with Bournemouth adamant that Michael Turner had handballed Nathan Redmond’s corner before Gary Hooper prodded in.

The Canaries had Jonny Howson sent off for a late challenge on Yann Kermorgant, but Cameron Jerome curled in a superb winner from 20 yards.

Derby’s 1-0 win at Ipswich Town earlier in the day meant the Cherries remained top of the Championship on goal difference only.

But Canaries fans will be hoping that the arrival of 33-year-old Neil, who completed his move from Hamilton Academical to succeed Neil Adams at Carrow Road on Friday, can inspire their side to climb from seventh and be involved with the automatic promotion race.

Neil must have been impressed by how his side not only overcame a one-man disadvantage, but also the impact of losing two centre-halves to injury during a victory that ended the Cherries’ 14-game unbeaten run in the league.

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Championship: Norwich and Hamilton agree a fee for manager Alex Neil

Norwich City and Hamilton have agreed a compensation deal for player-manager Alex Neil.

Neil, whose team sit third in the Scottish Premiership, will travel south on Friday to discuss personal terms.

Assuming there are no glitches, he will be transferred as a player, with the midfielder, 33, having been in charge at New Douglas Park since April 2013.

“All that has happened is the clubs have agreed compensation, but there is still work to be done,” Neil said.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday, he added: “As far as everything is concerned with Norwich, nothing has been agreed, signed or finalised on my part.”

Earlier in the day Neil spoke to the squad at a meeting at New Douglas Park.

On his way in to that, goalkeeper Michael McGovern told reporters he believed Neil would go “right to the top”.

He said: “He’s right up there with the best. He’s sought-after but it’s not surprising. He’s got the lot. He’s very clued in tactically and he’s a very good man-manager.”

The English Championship side approached Accies on Tuesday following the resignation of Neil Adams, who stood down on Monday, nine months after taking charge, with Norwich seventh in the table.

The 49-year-old will take a break from football and return to the club in an unidentified role in July.

Neil, who has made eight outings as a player this term, has been with Hamilton since 2005, having played in England with Barnsley and Mansfield Town.

Accies, who average home crowds of 2,533, have lost just five of their 20 league games this term having won promotion via the play-offs last season.

They topped the Premiership in early October following a 1-0 win over champions Celtic, their first success at Celtic Park in 76 years.

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Championship: Neil Adams resigns as Norwich manager

Neil Adams has resigned as manager of Norwich City after a nine-month stint in charge at Carrow Road.

Mike Phelan will take charge until a new manager is appointed.

Adams was initially installed on a temporary basis following the departure of Chris Hughton in April before being promoted to a permanent role the following month despite failing to keep the Canaries in the Premier League.

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“I firmly believe that we are still on course for a crack at promotion back to the Premier League,” Adams told the club’s official website. “That is where this club belongs.
“However, I feel it is in the best interests of the team that an immediate change is made in order to ensure a positive impact on results.

“It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager.”

Norwich are perched just outside the play-off spots in seventh position in the Championship.

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Championship: Reading 2-1 Norwich

Reading won for the first time under Steve Clarke to dent Norwich City’s play-off hopes.

The hosts went in front when Hal Robson-Kanu slotted home from the penalty spot after Bradley Johnson was adjudged to have fouled Michael Hector in the area.

Simon Cox made it 2-0 before half-time when he converted Glenn Murray’s cross.

Johnson pulled one back for the visitors with a fine strike but the hosts held out.

Clarke replaced the sacked Nigel Adkins earlier this month but had taken just one point from his first two matches as Royals boss.

Reading had won just one of their previous seven matches and could have fallen behind when Gary Hooper blazed over for the Canaries.

Murray forced a good save from Norwich keeper John Ruddy before Hector went down in the box under Johnson’s challenge and Robson-Kanu stepped up to send Ruddy the wrong way from the spot.

Cox doubled the home side’s advantage nine minutes later when he controlled a Murray cross before firing in a crisp shot.

Cameron Jerome almost connected with a low Jonny Howson cross to pull one back before Johnson hit a controversial goal for the visitors.

Reading winger Garath McCleary left the pitch injured but referee James Linington restarted play without allowing Reading to replace him and, with the hosts temporarily reduced to 10 men, Johnson lashed home a superb 20-yard shot.

The Royals had blown a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Brighton on Friday but held out on this occasion to move nine points clear of relegation danger.

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Championship: Norwich 5-0 Huddersfield

Norwich scored five second-half goals as they thumped 10-man Huddersfield.

Terriers’ defender Murray Wallace was dismissed early on after bringing down Cameron Jerome, but it remained goalless until Bradley Johnson scored from close range just after the break.

Headers from Nathan Redmond, Johnson and Jerome extended the lead.

Substitute Lewis Grabban raced onto Wes Hoolahan’s through ball to complete the rout, with the visitors restricted to only a couple of half-chances.

The win lifted Neil Adams’ Canaries to within two points of the play-offs, while Huddersfield – who have only won two of their last nine games – slipped to 17th.

Norwich, who had only won one of their last eight home games, had their task made easier on 17 minutes when Wallace was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Brown.

A high punt forward was mis-controlled by visiting skipper Mark Hudson, allowing Jerome to latch onto the loose ball and he was through on goal when he was fouled by last man Wallace.

However, it took until 44 seconds into the second half for the home side to break the deadlock as Gary Hooper skilfully pulled the ball back for Johnson to tap in.

Two minutes later Norwich doubled their lead as Martin Olsson’s cross was met by half-time substitute Redmond, who nodded into the top corner.

The third goal in five minutes had a touch of fortune about it as Jonny Howson’s blocked shot fell perfectly to Johnson, who headed in his second.

Hooper’s flick found Huddersfield-born Jerome to make it 4-0 before ex-Bournemouth striker Grabban fired the ball high into the net just seconds after coming onto the pitch.

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Championship: Norwich 1-1 Bournemouth

In-form Norwich had to settle for a point despite Lewis Grabban putting them in front against former club Bournemouth at Carrow Road.

Grabban headed home Nathan Redmond’s cross as the Canaries looked for a fourth successive Championship win.

But Bournemouth kept their composure and levelled in first-half stoppage time when Callum Wilson slotted home.

Norwich sub Cameron Jerome headed just wide after the break and Marc Pugh shot straight at the keeper in reply.

Bournemouth, unbeaten in their nine previous visits to Carrow Road in all competitions, opted for a five-man midfield to try and stifle the Norwich threat.

They enjoyed plenty of early possession and Dan Gosling fired over from distance from a clever backheel by Junior Stanislas.

The Cherries paid the penalty for slack marking, however, as Steven Whittaker and Redmond combined well on the right before the latter sent over a perfect delivery for an unmarked Grabban to score his fifth goal in four games in six yards.

The striker then dragged a 25-yard effort wide and Kyle Lafferty and Redmond also tested Bournemouth keeper Lee Camp as Norwich pressed for a second.

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Championship: Wolves 1-0 Norwich

Dave Edwards scored the decisive goal as Wolves started life back in the Championship with a victory against 10-man Norwich at Molineux.

The Canaries, relegated from the Premier League last season, had Martin Olsson sent off for a second yellow card for a tug on Rajiv van La Parra.

Olsson appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after being shown the red card and may face further punishment.

Edwards headed in Van La Parra’s cross just after the hour to earn the win.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett believes his team can secure successive promotions after returning to the second tier after back-to-back relegations. And beating a team relegated from the top flight was an impressive way to start the season.

Neil Adams, who took over at Norwich with five games remaining, is still looking for a first win in charge of the Canaries and will be concerned about his team’s lack of attacking bite, even when they had 11 men.

They were on the back foot from the start, with Edwards thumping over from a cross from Bakary Sako after just 23 seconds.

Norwich’s Nathan Redmond slipped away from two defenders and dragged an effort wide in the visitors’ only effort on goal.

Sako always looked like Wolves’ greatest threat and the Frenchman had a powerful shot deflected past the near post by Russell Martin just before the break.

Nouha Dicko broke forward and drove well over the bar for the hosts just after the restart before Wes Hoolahan missed from 25 yards at the other end.

Norwich debutant Lewis Grabban got on the end of a long clearance and his shot from a narrow angle was pushed wide by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

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Championship: Van Wolfswinkel heads to St Etienne

Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French side St Etienne on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old Holland international endured a miserable debut campaign at Carrow Road after his club-record transfer from Sporting Lisbon, scoring just once in 27 appearances.

His future has been in doubt all summer having been heavily linked with a move away from Norfolk, with the Ligue 1 outfit now securing his services.

City boss Neil Adams told the club’s official website: “I can’t speak highly enough about how professional Ricky has been even though he had a difficult first season at the club.

“His attitude has been first class and this move represents an opportunity for him to play regularly and get back to scoring goals in the way he has done in the past. We wish him the best of luck.”

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