Contrasting summers followed these teams’ relegations from the Premier League.
Bournemouth saw a long-serving manager depart, replaced by his assistant and prominent players Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and others sold with nobody brought in.
Norwich kept faith in Daniel Farke and have managed to keep most of their Premier League squad together. Even Max Aarons, coveted by Barcelona, AC Milan and other members of European football’s elite, remains in yellow. Useful-looking reinforcements have been signed.
Arnaut Danjuma scored the winner for Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon against Norwich
The Nigerian scored superbly from 25 years, smashing into the bottom corner 35 minutes in
Norwich are no longer unbeaten in the Championship and will need to improve to rise back up
And yet it was Bournemouth who took the three points. Such are the vagaries of life back in the Championship.
Arnaut Danjuma, a player who flitted in and out of Eddie Howe’s team last season as he struggled with injuries, proved their match-winner with a goal of genuine class.
Norwich rallied strongly after half-time and created more but Bournemouth proved resolute. Steve Cook seemed to head away everything that came into the Cherries’ penalty area. They preserved their unbeaten league start while ending their opponents’.
But it’s early days yet and both clubs will surely feature in the promotion shake-up. Such is the rat-a-tat-tat pace of this division, defeats can quickly be remedied. Over 46 games, you’re bound to lose a few.
Bournemouth have started the season well since losing club icon Eddie Howe this sumer
Long periods of the first half lacked the crackle you might expect from a meeting between two supposed promotion favourites. There was no shortage of neat - but safe - passing and some misguided attempts from both teams to play out from the back that only invited trouble.
The first chance of note went Bournemouth’s way, a sharp shot by Dominic Solanke that Tim Krul did well to beat away given a couple of yellow shirts were moving across his field of vision.
Down the other end, the engaged Onel Hernandez drifted in from the right and struck a powerful effort that Asmir Begovic turned aside for a corner.
Early blows exchanged, both teams soon lost momentum and the crowdless Vitality Stadium echoed with