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History-maker Neil Adams is proving the Norwich City doubters wrong

Norwich manager Neil Adams savours the feeling as a derby winning boss. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich manager Neil Adams savours the feeling as a derby winning boss. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams knows derby day success over Ipswich may help convince the doubters he is the right manager to lead Norwich City to Championship promotion success.

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Neil Adams is the first man since Norman Low to play and manage a Norwich City side to league wins at Portman Road.

Low captained Norwich to victory at Ipswich in 1947-48 (2-1) and 1948-49 (2-1), and was manager for victories in 1950-51 (1-0) and 1951-52 (2-0). All four games were in Division Three South. John Deehan played in a League Cup fourth round win in 1983-84 and managed a side that included Adams which won at Ipswich in the league in 1994-95.

• Statistics courtesy of David Cuffley

Adams became the first man in more than 60 years to play and now manage a City side to league wins at Portman Road following Lewis Grabban’s first half header.

The current City boss matched Norman Low’s achievements from the club’s Division Three South days, and the scale of that special feat was matched by his own celebrations at full-time.

“It feels just the same as a player,” said Adams. “You never tire of winning games of football but I know and so do the players what this fixture means to the fans. We had 2,100 here, who were brilliant, and 25,000 and more watching and listening back home so it’s a great feeling. I have always had a fantastic relationship with the fans. They go back up the road with smiles on their faces and that is what we said at the start of the season we wanted to do.

“It’s all about results. I know I can’t keep everyone happy and there may have been people who raised a few eyebrows when I got the job but if we win games people will be happy. Is there pressure on me every game? Of course. Norwich is a Premier League-sized club and we should be in that division.”

Adams was adamant Norwich were worthy of claiming the derby spoils.

“Overall I thought we deserved to win the game and I was delighted with the victory,” he said. “We showed a lot of composure. I was pleased how we managed the game. We needed to be better in the first half and I said to the players (at half-time) we didn’t move the ball as quickly or as sharply as we had to. Even though we were winning the game I felt we could step it up and the lads did, to be fair. Defensively throughout the game we were excellent but we could have added one or two more goals in that second half.”

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