Cameron Jerome scored a sensational late winner as the presence of new manager Alex Neil helped inspire ten-man Norwich City to a surprise 2-1 victory at Championship leaders Bournemouth.
Jerome’s long-range curler ten minutes from time capped a brilliant Canaries fightback after former Celtic striker Gary Hooper had cancelled out Matt Ritchie’s early opener.
Neil, pictured, who quit as Hamilton Academical manager last week to take over at Carrow Road, watched most of the match from the stands but came down to join caretaker Mike Phelan on the touchline after Jonny Howson had been sent off. Phelan picked the Norwich line-up for the final time following Neil’s arrival from Accies and his side made a bright start to the game.
But the Cherries went ahead in the 18th minute. Marc Pugh teased Steven Whittaker down the left wing and his cross was emphatically thumped home by Ritchie from the corner of the penalty area.
Norwich levelled in controversial fashion nine minutes before the break. Jerome’s header from a Nathan Redmond corner hit Michael Turner and deflected for Hooper to rifle into the net. Bournemouth surrounded referee Chris Foy claiming Turner had handled the ball, although TV replays proved inconclusive.
The visitors were forced to play out the final 27 minutes a man light after Howson was shown a red card for a two-footed lunge on Bournemouth’s Yann Kermorgant.
The dismissal prompted new Carrow Road chief Neil to scurry down to pitchside and his instructions clearly had the desired effect.
Ritchie twice fired wide before Jerome put Norwich in front, curling an unstoppable shot past Artur Boruc from 20 yards.