Neil Adams rues Norwich City’s lack of killer instinct in Fulham Premier League defeat
18:11 12 April 2014
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Neil Adams admits Norwich City’s lack of killer instinct cost them dearly again in a 1-0 Premier League defeat to relegation rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Hugo Rodallega’s predatory instincts proved the difference on another frustrating day for Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who was denied by a brilliant one-handed parry from David Stockdale before Rodallega opened the scoring in the 40th minute. Robert Snodgrass struck the top of the bar with a first half free kick and City carved out a number of other clear openings either side of the interval.
Norwich’s seventh consecutive away defeat in the league in 2014 kept them mired fourth from bottom and saw the side directly below them, Fulham, cut the deficit to just two points. Cardiff’s away win at Southampton further tightened things up and Adams is well aware Norwich’s lack of productivity threatens their top flight survival ahead of a daunting run-in which starts next week with the visit of title-challenging Liverpool.
“We have not scored enough goals all season. That is quite clear. What makes it galling after a performance like that you feel you deserve something,” he said. “We were confident of winning the game. We came out in the second half with that same positive approach. We nearly got caught at the end but that was when we were chasing it.
“Ricky needs a goal. He scored the first game of the season, he came with a hefty price tag and he works his socks off. He gives you everything you want from a centre forward but they are paid to get goals and he knows that.”
Adams admitted the mood inside the away dressing room was one of despondency after another fruitless trip to Craven Cottage.
“It’s hard to take. Very hard to take with what we’ve done all week with them and what we’ve asked the players,” he said. “I couldn’t ask any more. I thought they were first class with the desire and the commitment they realised the situation they were in. I thought we got it tactically spot on. We dominated for long spells and we had chances and we haven’t taken them. That is what has ultimately cost us; all the good play but we have to score goals.
“We created five or six very good chances and the keeper has made one fantastic save from Ricky. We defended well, apart from the goal itself which was a costly mistake at this end of the table, but I can’t fault them. We have a dressing room of desperately sad people but if we can stick with that level of commitment, yes, we have four very tough fixtures but we have something to fight for.”
Adams made six changes to his starting line up from the last game of Chris Hughton’s era against West Brom. The Norwich boss confirmed afterwards team captain Seb Bassong had been left out purely for tactical reasons after training most of the build up following a knock against the Baggies.