Norwich picked up all three points for the first time since Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny scored to give the Canaries a 2-0 win over, at the time, relegation rivals Everton.
The home side dominated the opening exchanges against Bournemouth, and after the Canaries had missed a few chances which they should have scored, Teemu Pukki settled the Carrow Road nerves with a calm penalty.
After Steve Cook made a save that any keeper would be proud of, he was sent off and not only did Norwich have a one goal lead, they had a man advantage.
Despite Ben Godfrey’s dismissal for a late challenge on out of form striker Callum Wilson, Bournemouth failed to create anything for the rest of the game and Norwich weren’t tested as much as they were probably expecting.
Here are our player ratings on the vital win…
The Dutchman didn’t have a lot to do and was more of a cheerleader in the second half, often rallying the Carrow Road faithful to push the players across the line. Also let his passion get the better of him when he went storming into a brawl following Godfrey’s red card which resulted in him getting shown a yellow.
Another brilliant performance for the young English full back. He was calm with the ball at his feet and because of that, he found the pass to waste a bit more time. He also set up Emi Buendia with a perfect cross but the Argentine could only head wide.
His return from injury was cut short when he got sent off for dangerous play but before that he played well and started most of City’s play. He didn’t have a lot to do defensively but when called into action, he didn’t put a foot wrong.
Marked Wilson with ease and really looks like he’s found his form after putting in some questionable performances of late. He won many of the aerial duels he attempted and only allowed his man time on the ball away from his own goal.
His attacking support was minimal but when he was in the final third, he was effective. Defensively, he was solid when tested but, again, he wasn’t tested much.
Didn’t let any Bournemouth player a run at the Canaries back line and broke the play all day. He also had a few long shots that just went past the post.
He had to play in a deeper role than he has done in the past couple of weeks due to the inclusion of Ondrej Duda but he was too quiet and failed to impact the game.
He almost scored after a great solo run but Aaron Ramsdale saved. He was clever and played nice football and is starting to look like a proven Premier League playmaker.
The recruitment team at Norwich looked to have found an absolute gem. His long and short passing was immaculate and his presence was refreshing. Just a shame he was deny a debut goal by Cook.
He was lively but apart from that, he wasn’t involved in the game a lot.
After being named as the Finnish athlete of the year earlier in the week, he scored and his pressing was was on point all game.