Neil Adams will relish proving Norwich City’s Premier League doubters wrong

Norwich City manager Neil Adams is not worried by the Premier League doubters. 
Photo by Simon Finlay. Norwich City manager Neil Adams is not worried by the Premier League doubters. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Friday, April 11, 2014
11:35 AM

Neil Adams is warning the doubters to write Norwich City off at your peril in the battle for Premier League survival.

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The Canaries’ weekend trip to relegation rivals Fulham has assumed epic proportions with Adams’ squad five points clear of the Cottagers ahead of a daunting run-in against some of the big hitters.

Adams is more than happy for the critics to write off his side’s chances if they fail to avoid a seventh straight away league defeat in 2014 at Craven Cottage.

“If people want to write us off then great. People wrote us off during the FA Youth Cup run long before we got to play Chelsea in the final. That is fine. I don’t have a problem with that,” he said. “Norwich City is never going to be a team up there with the top four in terms of who are going to be seen as favourites at this level. We are probably used to that. We are down towards the bottom end of the table with perhaps seven or eight clubs who are all in the same situation and have no doubt been written off on a weekly basis like us.

“How you use that as motivation is up to individuals. I keep hearing that Fulham is a must-win or a one-game season. It is a five game season and we are capable of beating anyone. We have four fantastic teams to play but let us not disrespect Fulham. They will give us everything and we know what we are up against.”

Adams has been delighted with the initial response from City’s squad since replacing Chris Hughton.

“I am getting to know them better now and what we need is people who want it and who will give everything they have got for Norwich and those type of players will be at the forefront of my thinking when it comes to selection,” he said. “I have had chats with a lot of the players individually and it is all about forward-thinking. They have shown a fantastic attitude. The intensity has been right at the levels we expect and we have done three tactical sessions predominantly about how we are going to go about Saturday’s game.”

21 comments

  • 15 points. Top half.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I like the positivity and how he has looked players in the eye to find the ones that want it most. For the first time in ages we also have a manager who is not writing us off ahead of games against the high fliers. It is, as he says, a five game season (except Sunderland) and right now 15 points are available. Fulham is an interesting starter for NA. I do not believe they have hit form. Since Magath it is 2 wins, 4 defeats and a draw. Wins against deteriorating Newcastle and Villa who are useless at home do not make a revival. So there is nothing to be daunted by except that damned bogey. There are also other games affecting us like Liverpool v Man City which will have a bearing on Liverpools state of mind against us and equally Man C when they play a game in hand against Sunderland on Wednesday. Palace at home to Villa is interesting. If Pulis pulls off another win Lambert is facing a late battle to salvage their season and his diminishing reputation. Twists to come aplenty I say and let's hope the first twist is laying that Cottagers jinx to rest.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • A breath of fresh air. Hope the squad is really pumped and ready to take on anybody. The real test will be how they respond if they go a goal down in any of the games. OTBC

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • 15 points? Funniest comment Ive read on this site for ages. Thanks for that! :) I suspect that we'll be lucky to get 3.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Not sure if reasoned argument is your forte Gen Norwich. Still, here goes. My original post was buying in to the positivity since NA's appointment. I went on to elucidate why we need not fear the game against Fulham because their two wins under the new manager were against a team currently out of sorts(Newcastle) and away to a team who have a poor home record (Villa). Your riposte about our defeat there proved nothing other than, as MB succinctly put it, we were uselesser. My table based on home results was relevant in the context of my original point. An away only table has no contextual relevance when my point is about Villa's home form. Agree we need to win tomorrow. And you started the back biting. Oh yes you did.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • As a reformed Hughton apologist, I couldn`t agree with you more, B Inners.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • that's a weird picture

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    Mikado Kember

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Lincs, a table based on home results. What's the point in that? What about a table based on away results then. Where would we be in that table? Exactly, a non argument. We need to win tomorrow. All the positive energy needs to be channeled into tomorrow. Forget the back biting. OTBC

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    General Norwich

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • 15 points. Top half.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • NA is already making more satisfying noises than his predecessor did. Let's hope he can walk the walk too.

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    Cecil

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Agreed Slovenia. As an original "Hughton Outer" I too am "walking on sunshine" ! There is more positivity in Neil Adam's last paragragh than in the whole of Who-tun's 2 year reign. Our Chris would've spent 50 lines telling us how good Fulham were + how we'd be lucky to get a draw...blether, blether.....Neil just says we won't disrespect them. The rest of his interview he's concentrating on what we can do, which is exactly the right approach !

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    Timbo

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • General Norwich, how was sacking Hughton a "huge gamble"? It's pretty much like a passenger on the Titanic deciding whether to stick on board or make a swim for it.

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    B Inners

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • 15 points. Top half.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • love the analogy Binners and MB "reformed Hughton apologist" love it, oH what a sacking has to lift the mood, if only the stock market lifted off as well all would be well with the world. Let's all pop another love pill!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • "Boldness be my friend" so the saying goes and under NA it looks as if we shall be bold not hesitant! OTBC NMTD

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    mardler

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • As LincsCan said, Villa are `useless` at home. We lost 4-1 there because we were even uselesser. Where exactly behind Neil are we, norwichlad23? It is still Panto season, I suppose. `Oh no it isn`t`.... etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Gonna be interesting to see the team as an indictor of who Neil sees as the committed and up for it players...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • A table based on only home results puts Villa 3rd bottom with an average 1 point per game. Only Fulham, on eleven, have lost more games than Villa with ten. That is a pretty useless home record. I know we did badly at Villa but assumed only an Ipswich troll would point that out. Anyway, I gather if we lose on Saturday we won't hear from you again Corporal Gordon.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Villa useless at home? Good enough to put 4 past us! Neil Adams has a massive task ahead of him & a huge gamble has been taken by the board on this. Whatever you say the Fulham game is a 6 pointer, lose this and I fear we will be relegated. A draw or even better a win, and we have a fair chance of survival. Whatever the result tomorrow, good luck to Neil and the boys OTBC

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    General Norwich

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Where behind you Neil!

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    norwichlad23

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Wishing you all the best Neil Adams for the next couple of months starting tomorrow. I hope you make a success of it and go on to greater things with NCFC. Your attitude this week is indeed refreshing and you can count on the support of thousands.

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    VictorM

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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