The month of September was pretty good for Norwich City, just as it was last year and it seems in recent years as well. It’s a month, according to statistics that the Canaries have, in recent times, enjoyed.
Last day of the month and Norwich City have been dancing in September again. In fact, their September record over the last four seasons is pretty incredible:
— NCFC Numbers (@ncfcnumbers) September 30, 2018
This September has been no exception to that rule and as a result, City have had two EFL Championship award nominations.
Daniel Farke has been nominated for manager of the month and hotshot striker, Teemu Pukki has been nominated for the Player of the month award.
Farkes’s competition is Wigan manager Paul Cook, West Brom boss Darren Moore and Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder for an award that has often had something of the “kiss of death” about it.
I imagine that there are a few City fans hoping he doesn’t win, despite this high praise from the EFL: “The German’s cautious style hasn’t always pleased the Norwich faithful, but a haul of 13 points from a possible 15 in September certainly did. His side demonstrated they have no problems winning close games, with four single-goal victories.”
Pukki is up against Championship top scorer Neal Maupay of Brentford, West Brom striker Dwight Gayle and Blackburn star Bradley Dack for the player award.
His nomination reads: “Used every part of his anatomy to score in September, toe-poking home against Middlesbrough, then chesting in at QPR. Those were both winners, while the Finn also scored the opener at Reading and won the decisive penalty against Wigan.”
The judges are former Ipswich manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL marketing director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford.
I doubt Burley will do us any favours 😉