Neil Adams - Norwich City must be smart to triumph in the Championship

Wes Hoolahan impressed again for Norwich City against OGC Nice. .
Picture by Simon Finlay. Wes Hoolahan impressed again for Norwich City against OGC Nice. . Picture by Simon Finlay.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams insists the Canaries must temper their gung-ho approach to get out of the Championship.

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"I have been here 20 years and I know the Norwich people want to see attacking football."

Neil Adams

Adams’ squad dismantled OGC Nice 5-1 on Monday in their latest pre-season warm-up, with City’s attacking play fused with a potency lacking during last season’s relegation struggle. The Norwich boss wants his men to be aggressive going forward, but not to the detriment of defensive solidity.

“The team scored 28 goals last season and that was nowhere near enough,” he said. “We know that was in the top flight, but I have done all the research and you look back at the teams who have got promoted and you have to score goals in this division. You have to get 80-odd points minimum in this league and you have to score 80-odd goals minimum to get up there; it doesn’t take a genius to work out you’ve got to create and score.”

Adams knows any naivety will be exploited in the Championship.

“The key obviously is making sure we get the balance right. We have to make sure we don’t concede and we conceded a needless one (against Nice), but if we can attack in the manner and with the tempo we did in that game, then obviously we’ll cause teams problems,” he said. “We’ve got to build a team and principles of play around that.

“It is my job to make sure when we don’t score a bagful in games we don’t concede either, but I have been here 20 years and I know the Norwich people want to see attacking football. If you speak to them about what Norwich City means they will tell you they expect a passing team that plays attractive football. That has probably slipped in the last season or so and it’s up to us to get it back and put smiles back on people’s faces.”

City’s stroll against the French Ligue One outfit still left plenty of scope for improvement.

“I thought they were a very good passing side who moved the ball really well,” said Adams “I was pleased with our performance. We scored some good goals, but could have scored more. One criticism of us is we just probably needed to keep the ball better. They set a standard of how you can keep the ball and we need to get to that level.

“Overall it was a good win, a good work-out and some excellent play throughout the night and we have to take confidence from that. We’ve got a good group of players, albeit we’ve got one or two niggling injuries at the minute, and it will be better when they’ve cleared up, but certainly in the pre-season games we’ve had so far we’ve looked sharp and scored some good goals.”

9 comments

  • Very true, goldie. We do need a RB and a CB IMHO. Adams can only do what the Board folk let him do...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Not just Adams needs to be smart so do the Board and CEO and keep the best players if they are serious about gaining promotion. Saying every player has a price so does promotion and its no good selling just because the price is good as anyone sold has to be replaced with another good player so what is the point. We already seem to be struggling to get any defenders in. IMO anyone kept against their will will still play well for the club if they want to stay in the limelight and progress their career.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • And again. Agree with waclor & DJ_F...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Archie is determined to prevent me commenting. Cheers all round...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I wish people would just ignore what the agents say. The agents are usually looking to benefit one person - themselves. I still remember when we had Hucks on loan and his agent said something along the lines that he wouldn't be signing for us and wanted to be elsewhere. Hucks credit to him quickly corrected that, signed and the rest is history. Agents are in it purely for themselves.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Yeah we want to see attacking football and please don't big up the opposition like the last twit.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • For "Norwich City need to be smart" please Mr Adams, read "Neil Adams needs to be smart". The main example of naivity I can see right now if the inadequate defence. Let's us hope you are doing something about it Neil or we will need to score two goals every match for a point.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I get a feeling that Lafferty and Grabban with Hoolahan as the supply line will be the most effective for us this year. Once the dust has settled and some of the 'bigger names' have gone these guys will do the business for us. Hunger and something to prove can often triumph over ego and reputation....

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I wonder if they will be "smart" enough to let RVWolfswinkle go ? He does not want to play for City in the Championship and has his agent agitating in the press for a move away from the Club. He is such a lightweight, still injured with a "hurt knee" and a note from his Mum. I suspect that he wants away from the Club before his evident inadequacies are brought into sharp relief by the aggressive and physical nature of the Championship. Committed players are required for the challenge ahead. Wolfswinkle is not committed, he should go, as should Bassong.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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