March wasn’t one of the best months in City’s season.
It started with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at Carrow Road. Two goals from Stephen McPhee gave the Seasiders a 2-0 lead going into the break, and although Jamie Cureton’s penalty halved the deficit with twenty five minute to play there would be no comeback this time.
Three days later Cureton’s 25 yard strike gave City a well-earned point against stuttering Watford at Vicarage Road, but it was back to the drawing-board the following Saturday as the nine-man Canaries went down 1-0 at Coventry.
Two more defeats would follow in the next week.
Stoke ran out 1-0 winners at Carrow Road in midweek and goals from Billy Sharp and Matthew Kilgallon gave Sheffield United a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane.
Colchester were on the receiving end of a 5-1 hammering in the last home game of the month. Jon Otsemobor opened the scoring after six minutes, former U’s striker Cureton doubled the lead half an hour later and although Kevin Lisbie pulled one back before half time, the second half was one way traffic as Cureton secured his first hat trick at Carrow Road. Dion Dublin’s delightful chip in injury time completed the scoring.
The last game of the month would also prove to be one of the most controversial. Darren Huckerby’s 70th minute peach looked to have earned the Canaries a point at Ashton Gate against high-flying Bristol City, but Andy D’Urso adjudged Lee Croft to have handled in the centre circle and with City unable to clear Steve Brooker pounced to hand all three points to the Robins.Monthly Stats
Games played – 7.
Won – 1.
Lost – 5.
Drawn – 1.
Goals Scored -8.
Goals Conceded – 10.
Win % – 14%.
Position after last league game – 17th.
An awful month that ensure that everyone would be looking over their shoulders heading into the final fewq games of the season.
Check back tomorrow for the review of April/May, featuring Burnley, Ipswich, West Brom, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday…