February 1 2015 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Norwich City boss Neil Adams warned his players they must cut out the self-inflicted blows after a 4-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United left them teetering just one point above the bottom three on Saturday evening.
Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata struck braces to give new interim boss Ryan Giggs a comfortable start to his managerial tenure, but Adams was upset by Rooney’s ‘killer’ second shortly after the interval which had echoes of Raheem Sterling’s long range strike in the previous weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.
City had resisted for 40 minutes at Old Trafford before Rooney slotted from the penalty spot when Steven Whittaker was adjudged to have grabbed Danny Welbeck. Norwich’s fifth consecutive league loss left them just one point above the relegation places with only two matches left, but the Canaries will be overtaken by Sunderland if the Black Cats beat fellow strugglers Cardiff City on Sunday.
“Very tough to take,” said Adams. “A disappointing day, really disappointing. I thought for 40 minutes we were looking okay. We might have not caused (Manchester) United enough of a problem but what we did do was quell the crowd. We said how important that would be for the first 10 or 15 minutes with what had happened here this week and the shape looked good. We were solid and disciplined. Then we concede a penalty.
“For me, I don’t know how much contact there was. It looked minimal, maybe a bit on the arm. I would have to have a look at it again but the killer blow was really the second goal. We didn’t really learn the lesson from the previous week when (Raheem) Sterling scored from a similar distance. We have to get closer and shut down those type of players.”
United chief Giggs admitted it was a relief to get his Old Trafford reign off to a winning start.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself this week. As a manager there is probably more relief when you get the result because as a player you are in the thick of it,” he said. “It is the same feeling to win a game. I picked a team I thought could win the game. The first half tempo was not as quick as I would like it to be. Maybe that was down to it being an emotional week. It took a bit of time to get going but the goal came at the perfect time and going in at 1-0 I just said to quicken up the tempo and we would be okay.”