Nor­wich

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Star man Jonny How­son

The fans’ favourite won the club’s player of the year award based on his de­pend­able per­for­mances at cen­tre-back. He was also much more of a goal threat than many of the side’s at­tack­ing play­ers. Honourable men­tions, too, for Robbie Brady and Wes Hoola­han.

What went right

Nor­wich fared bet­ter than their last out­ing in the top flight, scor­ing more goals and ac­cru­ing more points. Home form was rea­son­able, and the away win at Old Traf­ford pro­vided at least one happy mem­ory on the road.

What went wrong?

Too few goals, ob­vi­ously, but they also failed to show up for their big­gest tests at the sharp end of the sea­son, los­ing crit­i­cal games at home to Sun­der­land and away at Crys­tal Palace. Alex Neil’s lack of ad­ven­ture in cer­tain fix­tures also proved costly.

Lame duck Take your pick from the strik­ers

Cameron Jerome is a will­ing worker but has never been a pro­lific scorer and Dieumerci Mbokani flat­tered to de­ceive af­ter his sea­son-long loan move from Dy­namo Kiev. Steven Nai­smith looked a good sign­ing in Jan­uary but flopped af­ter a bright start.

What’s the ver­dict on Alex Neil?

Fans gen­er­ally want him to stay, and the man­ager was touched by the out­pour­ing of sup­port from the stands af­ter rel­e­ga­tion was con­firmed. But there is un­cer­tainty off the field fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of chief ex­ec­u­tive David McNally.

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