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2007/08 Review: August – featuring Preston, Barnet, Southampton, Hull City and Rochdale

The 2007/08 season kicked-off with a 0-0 draw away to Preston North End on 11th August, and approximately ten seconds of coverage on ITV1’s The Championship the following morning.

Most were agreed that Preston, who had narrowly missed out on the play-offs the previous season, would be there or thereabouts come the end of the season so a goalless draw at Deepdale was far from a good result.

Three days later League Two side Barnet were welcomed to Carrow Road in the first round of the Carling Cup. Five goals in the first half an hour gave the Canaries the dream start, but after switching off in the second half Barnet managed to reduce the deficit to 5-2.

Next up were Southampton when Jamie Cureton’s brace giving the Canaries a 2-1 win over George Burley’s Saints in Youssef Safri’s first game back at Carrow Road, and that was followed a week later by City’s first defeat of the season – 2-1 at the KC Stadium against Hull.

The last game of the month was the Carling Cup Second Round game at Spotland against League Two Rochdale.

Glenn Murray struck after nine minutes for the hosts who dominated for long periods with Ian Murray given a particularly torrid time at left-back, but Dion Dublin grabbed an equaliser four minutes in to the second half, and the visitors managed to squeeze through on penalties to setup a plum tie at Premier League Manchester City in the next round.

Monthly Stats

Games played – 5.

Won – 3.

Lost – 1.

Drawn – 1.

Goals Scored – 9.

Goals Conceded – 6.

Win % – 60%.

Position after last league game – 15th.

Monthly verdict

Not a bad start, but little did we know what was to follow…

Check back tomorrow for the review of September, featuring Cardiff, Palace, Charlton, Wolves, Man City and Sheffield Wednesday.



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