Neil Adams plans to ignore Norwich City’s doubters over Premier League survival
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The doubters may be circling as the fate of Norwich City’s Premier League status edges closer to resolution – but Neil Adams is happy to ignore them for the evidence at his disposal.
The Canaries’ gallant, but ultimately pointless, performance at home to Liverpool on Sunday underlined the task facing them before the season concludes on May 11.
City travel to Manchester United and Chelsea before hosting Arsenal on that final weekend, seemingly still in need of at least three points to pull off their survival mission.
“No doubt people will now question if we have what it takes in the final three games to get ourselves out of it, and I think at 3-1 down and 2-0 down (to Liverpool) the character is not in question,” said City boss Adams.
“Everyone has seen two performances under me and they have been first class. We probably should have won at Fulham and probably should have got something in the second-half performance against Liverpool, to push a team back and dominate the ball and create the chances.
“You get what you deserve in football…and in the second half we have pushed a team all the way who are likely to win the title. However many points it needs – nine to play for, whether it is four, five, six, whatever. We believe we can stay up.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has won all sorts of plaudits for his efforts at the Anfield helm this term, and in turn the former youth coach praised Adams for the tactical challenge he faced at the weekend.
“He has to be an inspiration,” said Adams of Rodgers.
“I remember Brendan coaching down at Chelsea and one or two other clubs, and he has shown what can be achieved with the right knowledge and expertise, and willingness to learn.
“Every coach strives for that. You want to improve and development and coach or manage at the highest level. He has done that.”