Neil Adams leave the limelight to his Norwich City players after maiden win
07:00 18 August 2014
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Neil Adams preferred to leave the limelight to his Norwich City players after sweeping aside 10-man Watford to clinch the first win of his tenure.
The Canaries’ boss knew the significance of a maiden victory which dated back to his five-game stint over last season’s Premier League finale, but Adams was looking forward after Bradley Johnson, Lewis Grabban and Alex Tettey sunk the Hornets.
“It means everything,” he said. “We have had some good performance against some top, top teams last season and this was our second game of the new campaign and we had to win. It’s not about me, it’s about getting points on the board and producing performances, albeit against a team who had 10 men.
“There is pressure on me and the players every game you play for Norwich because of the size of the club. We filled the ground again, and the supporters were brilliant after a defeat (at Wolves).
“That is how it should be. At a club like this there should never be a moment when there isn’t pressure on you to perform.
“Any win gives you confidence and a massive boost. In terms of the belief, it doesn’t change anything because we know what we can do. The belief is there.
“At Wolves we lost a game, but we know we can put in performances like that against 11 men.”
Adams revealed patience was the message drilled into his players at the interval with Johnson’s exquisite chip all that separated the clubs.
“We told them if we got that second goal then the game is killed off. What we didn’t want to do is go looking for it unnecessarily and risk being pegged back to 1-1,” he said. “I thought they were outstanding in the discipline, maturity and quality they showed. We said to the players after the game there was not an awful lot different to the second half at Molineux. What we needed to find was that cutting edge.
“When you have got that numerical advantage for so long you have to be patient, you have to keep the ball and you have to show quality. I thought we did that. We scored three and could have scored three more. I was delighted with the application.”
• On-loan striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel got off to a winning start to his St Etienne career on Sunday with an 89th minute substitute appearance in a 3-1 Ligue One home win over Reims. The Greens were already 3-1 up when van Wolfswinkel was introduced from the bench.