City’s 100% home record was the first thing to go as September turned out to be a miserable month for all Canary supporters.
Cardiff performed the classic smash-and grab raid at Carrow Road on 1st September to win 2-1. Simon Lappin got the hosts off to the perfect start after 12 minutes, but the Bluebirds clawed their way back into the game to draw level through Peter Whittingham on 64 minutes, and with just six minutes to go Roger Johnson sealed the points for the visitors with a free header from a corner.
Following the international break City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Carrow Road – David Strihavka scoring what would prove to be his only goal for the club with fifteen minutes to play.
Charlton away on 18th September was the night that I realised Peter Grant had to go. The Addicks were there for the taking but for some reason the Canary boss thought it would be a much better idea to keep his strikers on the bench. Two late, hotly-disputed penalties later we were 2-0 down and I was on the way out of the ground – only the second time I have left a City game early. Oh and Dion got sent-off for headbutting Danny Mills.
The Wolves game at Molineux that followed will go down in history as one of the most inept team performances in recent memory. Two more red cards followed from Jason Shackell and the idiotic Julien Brellier, who managed to pick up two bookings within about ten seconds of each other.
Three days later the Canaries travelled to Eastlands to meet Manchester City in the Carling Cup and put on a much more assured display – only to be undone by Georgias Samaras’ last minute winner for the Premier League side.
September was rounded off with another defeat, this time at home to Sheffield Wednesday, to leave Grant and his charges hovering perilously closer to the dop zone.
Games played – 6.
Won – 1.
Lost – 5.
Drawn – 0.
Goals Scored – 2.
Goals Conceded – 8.
Win % – 16.67%
Position after last league game – 21st.
A truly miserable month, but it wasn’t about to get any better…
Check back tomorrow for the review of October, featuring Scunthorpe United, QPR, Bristol City, Burnley and West Brom.