Neil Adams leave the limelight to his Norwich City players after maiden win

Norwich manager Neil Adams was delighted with his side's patience in a 3-0 Championship win over 10-man Watford. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams was delighted with his side's patience in a 3-0 Championship win over 10-man Watford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 18, 2014
7:00 AM

Neil Adams preferred to leave the limelight to his Norwich City players after sweeping aside 10-man Watford to clinch the first win of his tenure.

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The Canaries’ boss knew the significance of a maiden victory which dated back to his five-game stint over last season’s Premier League finale, but Adams was looking forward after Bradley Johnson, Lewis Grabban and Alex Tettey sunk the Hornets.

“It means everything,” he said. “We have had some good performance against some top, top teams last season and this was our second game of the new campaign and we had to win. It’s not about me, it’s about getting points on the board and producing performances, albeit against a team who had 10 men.

“There is pressure on me and the players every game you play for Norwich because of the size of the club. We filled the ground again, and the supporters were brilliant after a defeat (at Wolves).

“That is how it should be. At a club like this there should never be a moment when there isn’t pressure on you to perform.

“Any win gives you confidence and a massive boost. In terms of the belief, it doesn’t change anything because we know what we can do. The belief is there.

“At Wolves we lost a game, but we know we can put in performances like that against 11 men.”

Adams revealed patience was the message drilled into his players at the interval with Johnson’s exquisite chip all that separated the clubs.

“We told them if we got that second goal then the game is killed off. What we didn’t want to do is go looking for it unnecessarily and risk being pegged back to 1-1,” he said. “I thought they were outstanding in the discipline, maturity and quality they showed. We said to the players after the game there was not an awful lot different to the second half at Molineux. What we needed to find was that cutting edge.

“When you have got that numerical advantage for so long you have to be patient, you have to keep the ball and you have to show quality. I thought we did that. We scored three and could have scored three more. I was delighted with the application.”

• On-loan striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel got off to a winning start to his St Etienne career on Sunday with an 89th minute substitute appearance in a 3-1 Ligue One home win over Reims. The Greens were already 3-1 up when van Wolfswinkel was introduced from the bench.

12 comments

  • Yes JB and I think that at Portaloo Road they should all wear denim dungarees and wellies just to make the locals (yokels?) feel they are amongst friends.

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    waclor

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I just wish whoever chooses the kit for our team and staff had some style. Our management and medical staff look like a bunch of numpties on the side of a Sunday league match dressed in that kit and the blue one.

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    JB

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • That is a very sound scenario, Dubya & Igno et al. There are no indications that Leroy is a malcontent, and he may want to do better than `Arry`s Barra daan in ver smaowk, maai saahns. He may actually be happy in Norwich. Of course, his career and remuneration will be important to him, but he`s got plenty of time ahead. We can but hope. Perhaps his `celebration` at Carra Rud was a `Glad to be back` rather than a `Goodbye`? I`m beginning to sound like the `Old Dubya`. It must be The First Law of The Conservation of Optimism? Or are we like those little figurines that take turns at popping out of the weather house? Either way, such fun. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • If Fer joins QPR, he will return to the Championship in May, whereas if he stays at Norwich, he may well return to the Premiership in May. However, I would totally understand if he decided to join a better team than QPR because he is a quality player and was on a Word Cup Semi-Final team. Also, Norwich will no doubt be in a position to purchase a similar or better player once they return to the Premiership.

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    NYC-Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • At last some a sense of realism Dubia agree totally. With QPR likely to be going back to the Championship why would Leroy want to go there. PLEASE,PLEASE Neil make it plain that you and the fans want him to stay. Dubia makes a couple of very good points of how to play it. We can only offer opinions.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Spot on Dubai, the most intelligent suggestion yet. From his comments it would've surprise me if Fer would readily agree to that.

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Hang on to Fer please Neil. Remember the Board announced that we don't have to sell players - so hold them to their word. Here is another approach, keep Fer until January at least. If we are pushing for an immediate return to the PL by then it is wholly justified in keeping him at Carrow Road. However, if we have no chance of promotion by the January transfer window then let people talk to him. I'd say to McNally £8M now or £12M to £15M in January is a no-brainer, so try and play this a little smarter and give NA a chance to hang on to Fer !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • cutty I agree we need to see some add ons or price higher. Still one way traffic out, there I thought the A47 was dual carriageway in both directions and not one-way road out the county! As still waiting for highlights here I have not seen the game but good to have 3 points on the board. Whilst it has been raised that it was against 10 men, in these situations we have struggled in the past so bodes well. I may have to look for a humble pie shop if we keep this up. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Nice Naarfuk headline; "Neil Adams leave the loimeloight ter his Naaaridge players arter maiden win". Nothing about Fer on Beebgossip yet. I would like him to stay, but looking unlikely now? Good to see Winkle get his maiden banquette appearance with Saint Etienne. C`mon Ricky; bang a few in. It`ll put the fee up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Hope there will be a few add ons to that £8M, he's worth it.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Neil has won himself a maiden, nice one.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Daily Express reporting that QPR have signed Leroy Fer. Words are 'He (Redknapp) expects to strengthen his QPR side with at least two more signings, in addition to capturing Leroy Fer for £8 million yesterday'. From other media reports, it seems that this is premature but several suggest that the QPR bid has been accepted. Let's hope a good proportion of this money gets redirected shortly!

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, August 18, 2014

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