Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams insisted the Canaries were in control before Martin Olsson’s red card tilted their Championship opener in Wolves’ favour in Sunday’s televised 1-0 defeat at Molineux.
Olsson picked up a second yellow card on the hour mark and Dave Edwards punished the visitors four minutes later to inflict a painful loss on Adams’ side.
“The sending off changed the game. It came at a point when we were starting to dominate the second half,” he said. “We said at half-time that we needed to step it up and impose ourselves on the game, and we did that. We were controlling the game and looking like we were going to go on and win it. The second challenge is more of a yellow card than the first for me, I was really disappointed with the first one. I don’t think it should have got to that, we should have had a foul before.”
City’s defeat came after Fulham slipped up at Ipswich and Cardiff could only draw at Blackburn on a bad weekend for the relegated Premier League trio.
“We’ve seen the results and we’ve seen the games, and it’s a tough league, we knew that,” he said. “If you’re not at it and things go against you, then you will get punished and that’s what happened today. I thought we defended particularly well but that one opportunity - good movement and a late run into the box, and it was a good goal from their point of view.
“We’re going to be up against teams that are giving it a real good go. We’re going to be tested with all sorts this season and we have to be ready and match that. We have to win games, it’s as simple as that. We have two home games now and the support of the home crowd. We need to make sure that we get points on the board to get up and running.”