Neil Adams vows Norwich City will be up for the Capital One League Cup against Crawley
PUBLISHED: 08:52 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58 26 August 2014
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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Crawley Town can forget any complacency from the Canaries in tonight’s Capital One Cup, second round tie at Carrow Road (KO 7:45pm).
City’s East Anglian rivals Ipswich lost to the League One Reds in the previous round and Adams has no desire to be another scalp for John Gregory’s League One side.
“They did beat Ipswich, which is an interesting one, and I tell you what you get with any team, particularly when they are in a lower division than you are, is they have nothing to lose,” he said. “They see it as an opportunity to make a name for themselves and what happens is we will lose this game if we don’t treat it properly. That is guaranteed. Of course we want to win and we give Crawley every bit of respect we showed opponents in the Premier League and this season as well. Make no mistake if we are not at it they will kick our backsides. We have a good squad and players want to get in the team and are probably frustrated because we are winning games. It is a great opportunity to give one or two a chance to show me what they can do.”
Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper and Ryan Bennett are definitely ruled out through injury but the likes of new signings Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome are in line for Norwich debuts. Adams also confirmed midfielder Andrew Surman is in his thoughts after being left out for Saturday’s 1-0 Championship derby win at Portman Road.
“Yes of course he is,” he said. “He has been offered a contract here and I have said it many times now he is one I want to keep. He is deciding on what he wants to do but he certainly comes into the equation along with the other two who are certainly in my thinking. Obviously I need to get them game-time. They only joined us recently but they are two very good players and I want them to show me that. We have nine days left before the window closes to make sure we formulate a squad that takes us through to January and some of those here now will get the chance to prove they can have a big part to play.”