Norwich City boss Neil Adams looks for a mission statment at Wolves
Norwich City aim to deliver a statement of intent at Wolves but Neil Adams insists there is so much more to his all-out attacking philosophy.
The Canaries’ have played with a refreshing freedom during the build- up, in stark contrast to last season’s struggles in front of goal, yet Adams is aware of the limitations to such a bold strategy.
“It’s about getting the balance right,” he said. “Wolves like to play in a similar manner so I don’t think either team throughout this coming season will look to defend and do nothing else. To be successful in this division you need to score goals. Of course that doesn’t mean you throw caution to the wind and risk losing games before you have a foothold.
“You have to get the balance right, with the emphasis on attacking, scoring goals and dominating the ball. You also have to be ready to defend as and when, because we will be tested. We know there are things we have to work on and we have for seven weeks now, but we won’t get back in the Premier League if we don’t score enough goals.”
Adams witnessed first hand the potential degree of difficulty from Sunday’s televised test by making a Molineux spying trip last weekend.
“They played Celta Vigo the day after they played us and you can see why they were promoted. They are a good side, well-organised, and they have a style of play and a philosophy that suits them,” he said. “It will be a tough game but I am anticipating 46 tough ones. I have told the players some of the promoted sides are under-rated and similarly relegated sides are perhaps over-rated. That doesn’t mean I don’t rate my players. The point I make is we will have to earn it.
“To meet on day one will be interesting. They are in the Championship on merit. They were excellent in League One and they are a good side and so are we. That wasn’t shown last season but we have a good, core group who are capable of competing really well in this division. The key thing for us is you respect the opposition but they have to respect us equally because we are going to be positive in every game to try and get as many points and victories as we can.”
City’s chief insists he has not suffered sleepless nights settling on his starting line up for the first league encounter.
“I know what I want to do. We have been working on it all week,” he said. “It’s always difficult because we have top players here and you can only start with 11. I’ve heard managers saying it is harder to pick your bench and I would agree with them. The starting 11, if its winning, takes care of itself but there will be a lot of disappointment if players are not even making the bench. That is a great problem to have. You want quality and competition for places.”