Kyle Lafferty can be a Norwich City cult hero, says Neil Adams

Kyle Lafferty was left to rue the one that got away in Norwich City's 3-0 Championship win over Watford. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Kyle Lafferty was left to rue the one that got away in Norwich City's 3-0 Championship win over Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 18, 2014
7:30 AM

Kyle Lafferty has it in his grasp to achieve cult status at Norwich City.

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The Northern Irishman’s work-rate was as impressive as the undoubted quality in a home Championship debut for the club that ended with a standing ovation from the Carrow Road support when he was replaced by Neil Adams.

“We took him off because I wanted to give other lads a chance, but also to give him that appreciation and recognition from the fans. He didn’t score, but he put in a hell of a shift,” said the City chief.

“When he came on at Wolves he looked very sharp and I thought he was a thorn in their side in this game with what he gives us with the ball. Some of his runs were excellent and also his distribution, but you see what you get when we haven’t got the ball. He works back, he chases, he harries, he makes it very difficult for the opposition.

“We played him on the left side of that attacking three, which he has played in Italy for many games, and he is comfortable doing that. He contributed very well. He will be popular with the fans. It’s the desire and the energy they take to, and when they see that fthey quickly become crowd favourites.”

Lafferty’s failure to get his name on the scoresheet was more than compensated by three clinical strikes from his team mates.

“I thought the goals were top drawer,” said Adams. “Bradley Johnson’s chip, well it takes a quality player to do that. If you had Messi or Ronaldo doing things like that you would be watching it time after time. I was delighted for Lewis (Grabban) as well because he has been brilliant all pre-season and Alex’s (Tettey) is almost the forgotten goal and his is a tremendous strike as well. He drilled it into the bottom corner, but it’s almost upstaged by two fantastic finishes from his colleagues.

“To be honest with you we didn’t work on those chips. We look at the opposition in depth, but it was not something we had identified before the game. It is down to the players and the vision to see that maybe he was a little bit further forward.”

16 comments

  • LYB don't you think Fer waving to the fans at the end of Saturdays game was a 'hint'-but a nod is as good as a wink to a blind man!

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    borderman

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • It takes a special type of player to show his personality through the game he plays on the pitch. Lafferty certainly managed that. Incredible enthusiasm and amazing skills for such a big man. Played like two men, which was fortunate as Garrido might as well have sat next to me.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Surrey Canary; a pattern is emerging. Neil says things he knows will be popular with most fans. He has been taught\trained\tainted by his media work. It is interesting\sad to see how quickly mature citizens get drawn into the "New cult hero" scenario. Laffs has only played, what, about 100 minutes? Good early signs, but frenzies being whipped up as usual, to keep the little ol` fans happy. Sweeties. Season Ticket Sales. Spot on, NSRaven.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Mr Ed, what is there to forgive Kyle Lafferty for, he is a single lad who may or may not have done what many single lads do. What consenting adults do in private is their business and no one else's.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • He certainly seems to share a lot in common with Grant Holt: Charismatic, sense of humour and a grafter on the pitch. None of the squad resented Grant Holt for being widely adored by the fans and if it turns out like that with Lafferty or any of the other players I'd be surprised if there was any resentment. Who was it who commented on here a while back that a Dutch friend of his had seen something in the Dutch press had indicated Fer was unlikely to be going anywhere? I still think that SSN report of an agreed fee was a bit of mischief. Not the first time they've done it and won't be the last. Granted he wasn't quite up to the standard he was before after his injury spell, but that often happens. I'm sure the board recognise that he's fundamentally premier league standard, the manager's been unequivocal that he wants him and the board did make a commitment to hold onto anyone that Adams really wants, there hasn't been so much as a hint from Leroy himself that he wants out. Can never be certain, but I think he'll still be with us at the end of the transfer window.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • An excellent performance all round, particularly from Lafferty, Johnson, Hoolihan, and Tettey. As Steady On has mentioned below, there are indeed glimpses of Grant Holt about Laffertys style of play.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I wonder how it leaves the other strikers feeling when one is singled out to be a 'cult hero'? Cannot possibly imagine any top PL manager making a comment like that.

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Lafferty certainly looked like the player we have been missing since Holt departed but he is more that just the new Holt, hopefully exciting times ahead. The formation worked so much better with two holding midfielders. I would rather we kept Fer but our midfield worked fine without him and there are others still fighting for a place so hopefully things are now on the up.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • `New` Dubya; I don`t think the Fer business is Neil`s call. Higher authority; agents and directors, he said as much himself. Sad but true. I`d love for Fer to stay, but...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I likewise agree 100% with Steady On. Said very similar on another board. Let`s hope Laffs can sustain that level of performance.168 games, like Holty, would be good. I`d love to see him give the Donkeys a good old beasting...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • @ Steady On - couldn't agree more and he was very unlucky not to score. Let's forgive him whatever he got up to in Italy and cheer him and the rest of the team on!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Three up front cutty, surely not ? You'd have to watch MB's Mustard TV show for that !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • So can Leroy Fer too if you put your foot down and make a concerted effort to keep him at Norwich Neil !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Lafferty added an element to our game that has been missing since Holt left. He was all over the park and had a fantastic game.

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    Steady On

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Snoddy is on crutches after Hull's win, just shows how important it is to have plenty of cover.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Well done Laff. I'd love to see Hooper alongside Laff and Grab.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 18, 2014

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