2008 began with the traditional trip to Selhurst Park but unlike recent years didn’t end with a traditional defeat, Darel Russell putting City ahead only for Clinton Morrison to level things up at 1-1.
A home FA Cup third round tie followed against Bury, and despite creating several gilt-edged chances City were grateful for Gary Doherty’s 80th minute equaliser to earn a replay up at Gigg Lane.
A fourth win in five games was secured against Sheffield United. Evans made it two in two for the Welshman but there was a huge let-off for City when Matthew Kilgallon’s last minute header was ruled-out for offside.
A week later a fine comeback earnt the Canaries a 3-1 win against Barnsley at Oakwell. Martin Devaney gave the Tykes the lead heading into second half before goals from Ched Evans, Mark Fotheringham and Dion Dublin gave City a well-deserved away win.
Next up was the FA Cup replay against Bury, and the less said about that the better. Let’s just say we got it out of the way to concentrate on the league.
Leicester were the next visitors to Carrow Road, and the biggest crowd of the season had to settle for a goalless draw, as the Yellows once again spurned chances, and January was rounded-off with a hard fought (and extremely fortunate) 1-0 win at St Marys against Southampton.
Games played – 6.
Won – 2.
Lost – 1.
Drawn – 3.
Goals Scored – 7.
Goals Conceded – 5.
Win % – 33%.
Position after last league game – 16th.
Onwards and upwards, undefeated in the league, January was a successful month.
Check back tomorrow for the review of February, featuring Preston, Cardiff, Hull, Leicester and Barnsley…