Mark Robson has no regrets over Norwich City’s failed great escape

Norwich manager Neil Adams and his assistant Mark Robson took on a tough challenge trying to preserve the club's Premier League status., London
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams and his assistant Mark Robson took on a tough challenge trying to preserve the club's Premier League status., London Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, July 28, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City first team coach Mark Robson insists Neil Adams’ coaching team should have no regrets over failing to pull off a Premier League great escape.

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Adams had five games to try and avoid relegation following the departure of Chris Hughton but the Canaries came up short after picking up one point from a daunting run-in.

City failed to punish Fulham at Craven Cottage in Adams’ first match in charge after dominating that game against another of their relegated rivals, but Robson pinpoints the 3-2 home defeat to title-challenging Liverpool as a potential turning point in the survival struggle.

The hosts’ were 2-0 down inside 11 minutes to a rampant Reds’ side after Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez were on target until Gary Hooper reduced the arrears only for Sterling to strike again before Robert Snodgrass set up a thrilling finish.

“We did give it a real good go and it was a tough call for us in the situation we found ourselves in,” he said. “We gave it our best shot and approached the challenge head on and to be honest, if you look at the Liverpool game at home if we had just started that a little better then we could have won that game.

“We had a couple of great chances to nick a draw late on but the application from the players in all five games was excellent. It was a real privilege to be involved and we have had that from them since they came back for pre-season as well.”

14 comments

  • Harry Redknapp will take him in partex for Karl Henry`s mum. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Just to confirm for Mattias333, I have never voted for Bassong as POTS. Never! Always considered him overrated , even though in his own mind he is the best player Norwich have ever had. I cannot see any way back for him into the City first team squad without a sea change in his attitude or a plaque of injuries and we get desperate.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • City spend the majority of the season outside the bottom three so no great escape would have occurred if either West Brom or Sunderland had finished 18th. Not convinced last season's squad as good as it was put up to be. If City had survived Chris Hughton and his style of play would be gone but the Canaries would still struggle.

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    Capri

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • ... or did you mean Holt leaving?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Bassong was not here prior to Lambert leaving, M333. Or is it just sentence construction again? there should be a Syn Tax.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • We are still weak in defence, needing a right back and central defender. If not Adams will be forced into pulling midfield players back to defend at the expense of attcking play. We've seen that before haven't we?

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    waclor

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Do agree Ken. On paper I still firmly believe we have a Premier League quality side. A side more than capable of staying up but also achieving the midtable finish the board stated was the aim last year. Sadly it was totally mismanaged last season and we flopped out out the league while others with a bit of fight & battle stayed up. Look at Southampton's squad following 10 key players leaving. How on earth they'll replace them and stay up i'll never know. Massive achievement if they do. Just out of interest Ken, who did you vote for as POTS prior to Lambert leaving? Im guessing you didnt vote for Bassong like everyone else did ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I really don't care what the rumours are of players attitude to the new Manager! What the players need to do is get their own game together. Last season we were all sick of watching professional players who played like they could not care less about the result or the plight of the Club. A whole lot can be forgiven IF there is commitment and effort demonstrated on the pitch. This just did not happen last year, if the team get their attitude to playing right then the season should be a successful one; I still believe we have the talent in the squad to be a Premier Club. Just get rid of Bassong!

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I've had plenty of fellow ST holders on the quiet telling me how bad this season will be, how many players they are close to let a few things slip at the away supporters party after the WBA game that was negative towards Adams, but im opting to wait and see. Like others have mentioned, im liking the look of how Adams, Holt & Robson are shaping things. Naturally gifted attacking players , appear to be regaining confidence they was destroyed under Hughton's defensive mindset. Adams main statement of intent has been "we will score goals" and players who were forced to obey orders last season appear rejuvenated so far. Not just from performances on the pitch against weak sides, but in interviews, tweets, etc...they all seem full of confidence and happy. Same couldnt be said 6 months ago. This isnt a guarentee for success but its certainly a positive that we may be heading in the right direction. Look at Fulham, they've signed the odd decent player but they are still very short on players inwards and they surely have more players still to leave than NCFC potentially do. Cardiff are still owned by a complete fruit loop so who knows what will happen there over the course of this season. The other current Championship sides dont overly worry me. No 1 team stands out in my opinion. They are all a mixture of average sides with the odd one having a few decent individuals but not overall exceptional sides. If we get things right we could do very well and IMO going about it in the way Adams is suggesting is the right thing to do. Ill prob have egg on my face by November now but ah well.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • CH should have gone in January allowing more time for new encumbent. He had a good eye for players Fer, Hooper & RVW are good but the latter two were then destroyed by bad tactics, systems and management. Hopefully Fer et al stay they do have the quality. OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • borderman

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • CH should not have been sacked so near the end, as Gary Walkers Crisps said- it was 'Bonkers' and so it proved, CH should have been more rope because it was beyond NA's capabilities!

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    borderman

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Exactly Stawgog .......... CH damaged the club so badly during his tenure .......... all the best to NA, GH and MR, everything is gelling together nicely from the snippets we're hearing .......... roll on the start of the season, can't wait, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • CH should have gone much earlier to give NA et al a decent chance of turning it around. That all seems a long time ago now and a new dawn beckons.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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