Neil Adams turns up the heat on Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals
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Neil Adams is confident Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals will be feeling the heat just as much as his Canaries.
Bottom club Sunderland’s surprise midweek point at Manchester City underlined the intense pressure at both ends of the table ahead of Liverpool’s Easter Sunday league visit to Carrow Road.
Adams suffered a defeat to relegation rivals Fulham on his first day in charge and the Norwich chief knows 32 points will not get the job done with City’s margin for error cut to just two points following that Craven Cottage loss.
“I don’t have a points target,” said Adams. “Of course we will factor in other results and most people will have an opinion on it but we can’t afford to do that. We have four massive games against top class opposition and we know 32 points won’t be enough. I am pretty sure of that.
“These last four are going to be very tough and people may feel we have the most difficult run-in of the lot but we are confident with the same effort and approach we showed (at Fulham) we will pick up points.
“It is a huge advantage to be out of the bottom three. There is pressure on Fulham to get out of it, but we know how perilously close we are. We can not hide away from that fact. There are a lot of teams in it and results will change the context from week to week now.
“We have to get ourselves up and away from it and we need a bigger gap on the three below us and that is what we will be striving to do.”
Adams is still relishing the personal challenge since stepping up from the Canaries’ academy despite suffering a set-back in his first game in charge.
“It is a fantastic job but it would be a better one if we stay in this division,” he said. “You are managing a lot of good quality players and although it is different for me than the job I was doing, I have been delighted with the response. I was speaking to them all on a daily basis anyway at the training ground.
“The only thing that changes now is perhaps it is not as informal; one or two are calling me Neil, one or two gaffer.
“I haven’t got a problem with that. It is just important for me they take on board what I say.”