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Bournemouth 1-2 Norwich City

Alex Neil and Eddie Howe
Alex Neil (left) sat in the stands during the first half, but joined Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (right) on the touchline with 25 minutes to go

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.

High-flying Bournemouth
Liverpool and Norwich City are the only sides to have beaten Bournemouth since the start of October

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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Howe on Bournemouth v Norwich

Former Barnsley player Neil started the game in the directors' box at Dean Court, but Howson's dismissal with 25 minutes remaining, with the game poised at 1-1, was his cue to head to the dugout and join first-team coach Mike Phelan.

A league defeat by Reading followed by an FA Cup exit at the hands of Preston was enough to end Adams' nine-month spell as Norwich boss last week, and City's defensive fragility was exposed for the host's opener.

Pugh was allowed to put in a looping cross from the left and Ritchie arrived unmarked to convert, but the visitors went on to have the better of the first half, although the leveller had an element of fortune.

Redmond's corner found its way through to Hooper, possibly after hitting the hand of Turner, but the former Celtic striker was able to poke in from close range.

In a frenetic second half, Howson was shown the red card by referee Chris Foy for a full-bloodied tackle on substitute Kermorgant.

City, forced into a reshuffle after Ryan Bennett, who had already replaced fellow centre-half Russell Martin, had to be taken off, looked happy to take a point as Ritchie curled an effort wide.

But Jerome inflicted Bournemouth's first defeat in the Championship since September with his 13th goal of the season.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"My team did not show enough. The quality of Norwich stopped us being able to build up any pressure and we lacked the control we normally have.

"This highlights how hard it is in this league. No matter how good you think you are, there are quality teams out there who can beat you.

"Norwich moved the ball better in the first half. Our best period was in the second half just before the sending off and we did not make enough of the chances we had during that time."

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"We have quality players and they showed they have a good resolve and a good work ethic.

"It is fantastic for me to win my first game but we know we have got a lot of work to do. I think we will improve but it is a great start."

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie's 18th-minute goal was his seventh of the season
Jonny Howson on Kermorgant
Jonny Howson was sent off in the 64th minute for a challenge on Yann Kermorgant
Cameron Jerome
Norwich celebrated a third win in six league games with Cameron Jerome's late strike

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 89mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieBooked at 62mins
  • 8ArterBooked at 20mins
  • 6SurmanSubstituted forGoslingat 85'minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forFraserat 81'minutes
  • 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 61'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser
  • 32O'Kane

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2WhittakerSubstituted forBennettat 60'minutesSubstituted forO'Neilat 67'minutes
  • 5Martin
  • 6Turner
  • 23OlssonBooked at 16mins
  • 27Tettey
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forLaffertyat 79'minutes
  • 4Johnson
  • 8HowsonBooked at 64mins
  • 10JeromeBooked at 56mins
  • 11Hooper

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 9Lafferty
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 21Murphy
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
11,318

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Norwich City 2.

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Booking

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Andrew Surman.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Marc Pugh.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Norwich City 2. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Francis.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Offside, Norwich City. Martin Olsson tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Ryan Bennett because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the red card.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

Booking

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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