Norwich City’s Neil Adams turns up the heat on Sunderland in the Premier League relegation scrap
11:22 06 May 2014
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Norwich City chief Neil Adams has turned up the heat on Sunderland ahead of a defining game for both clubs in the Premier League relegation scrap.
The Canaries will effectively be relegated if Sunderland take a point against West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday with City two points adrift ahead of Arsenal’s final day visit.
Adams is not giving up the fight and believes Crystal Palace’s thrilling comeback to dent Liverpool’s title hopes in Monday’s 3-3 Selhurst Park draw is further evidence of the unpredictable nature of the top flight.
“You talk about twists and turns and there was another one at Crystal Palace,” he said. “We can only hope for something similar at Sunderland. They are in the box seat. You just hope there is a little bit more in it and if West Brom win it will be an unbelievable occasion at Carrow Road (against Arsenal).
“What we said on Sunday was we had to put a bit of pressure on Sunderland. If we had lost the game we were down. With us getting the draw it now puts the pressure back on them even though they have the two home games. If West Brom score you can imagine the nervousness amongst the players and supporters. It is out of our hands now.”
Adams, speaking to Talksport on Tuesday, insists he is prepared to lead the fightback next season after replacing Chris Hughton for the final five matches should City lose their Premier League status.
“I’m Norwich through and through and I wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t want it,” he said. “The reaction from the players has been excellent. I was given it until after the Arsenal game and that is how it remains. The debt has been cleared, the ground is full every week, regardless of what happens next season. The club is in a good position. We just want to be in that top flight and if we are not we will deal with it.”