Norwich City chief Neil Adams rues one lapse of concentration against Bournemouth; plus no bids for Gary Hooper
17:59 30 August 2014
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Neil Adams admitted Norwich City paid a heavy price for one lapse of concentration in a 1-1 Championship home draw against Bournemouth.
Lewis Grabban’s fifth in five games since his move from the south coast had put City in control, but Callum Wilson underlined why he was pursued by the Canaries with a close range finish in the final seconds of the opening period.
Wilson pounced after Adams’ side were cut open down their left flank and the nature of the late concession before the interval irked the City manager.
“That was a bit of a blow for us because you feel if you get to 1-0 at the break the next goal for us probably wins it,” he said. “Javi (Garrido) just got dragged out of possession and Nathan (Redmond) has let his man go behind him and they scored. That was the only time we got cut open. You could see the problem developing and that was a blow for us at half-time.
“We probably dominated the second half in terms of territory. The game was played mostly in their part of the pitch and I felt the goal would come. We wanted three points, we have to settle for one and overall it was probably a fair result.
“They are a good team, possession is the name of the game for them, but we switched off once and got punished right at the death of the first half.”
City’s latest signings Conor McGrandles and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe were presented to the home fans prior to the game. Adams confirmed afterwards he is still in the market for defensive reinforcements, but insisted there had been no firm bids for any of his players despite fevered speculation linking striker Gary Hooper with a Premier League exit ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
“They are just links, nothing more. If they come in then we will deal with it but we have had no bids for any of our players,” said Adams. “Hooper is one we need. He is one we do not want to go and if offers come in then, as and when, we will deal with that situation. It has to be right for us. We are in a fortunate position we don’t have to sell but when the money goes up to certain levels then business can happen. That applies to any player.”