Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, April 28, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the Canaries have no choice but to fight on after slipping into the Premier League relegation zone on a desperate weekend for his club.
City’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, coupled with Sunderland’s emphatic 4-0 win over rivals Cardiff City, leaves Adams’ side third-from-bottom, level on 32 points, but with an inferior goal difference to the Wearsiders.
Norwich must now try to shock a Chelsea side this Sunday at Stamford Bridge who would go top with a victory before Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road and rely on stumbles from the Black Cats who now control their own destiny.
“It is never nice being in the bottom three,” said Adams, speaking prior to the Black Cats’ victory. “We don’t want to be in there. We have to dig deep. One thing we have to do is make sure we are at it, regardless of whether we are in the bottom three.
“It is a massive challenge. It is difficult now. We have got to give absolutely everything in these last two games. I said to the players in the dressing room that more than likely we need to get points from the last two games. They are two massive, massive games and we have to show character at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal.”
Adams’ side must now try to prevent Chelsea going top of the table this Sunday by beating Norwich before Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road.
City were briefly in the bottom three on Saturday afternoon before Fulham blew a two-goal lead to draw against Hull at Craven Cottage, but Adams’ side were unable to cash in against the champions at Old Trafford later in the day.
“We were well aware of the Fulham result beforehand and it gave us a little bit of a boost to know we were still outside the bottom three,” said Adams. “But we can’t rely on other teams. We have to get our own points.”