Norwich City will not bottle a Premier League survival scrap
07:30 15 April 2014
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Norwich City chief Neil Adams insists he has the characters to win a Premier League survival fight after hailing Robert Snodgrass’ ‘mind-boggling’ display at Fulham.
The 26-year-old flourished at the tip of a midfield diamond in a line up that also featured the likes of fit-again duo Michael Turner and Leroy Fer.
Adams is confident City will not wilt over a daunting run-in against the elite, starting with title-favourites Liverpool’s Easter Sunday visit.
“I said we needed big characters and in terms of ticking that box anyone who watched the (Fulham) game would agree,” he said. “Robert Snodgrass was mind boggling the amount of effort he put in and he typified how hard we worked as a side. Michael would fit into that category and we all know what he brings. He hasn’t played for a while but he gives everything, he is whole-hearted, he is committed and he is a good player.
“From day one all I have wanted was a reaction from the players. To a man they have done that. I can’t fault it at all. We just have to focus on taking chances.”
Adams is confident the Canaries did not suffer a terminal blow in their survival battle with that damaging Craven Cottage defeat.
“I don’t think there will be any negativity set in now. I have been in the job six or seven days and if that was going to surface I felt it would be at Fulham,” he said. “People would have probably turned up wondering how we would perform or whether we had thrown the towel in.
“Anyone who was at the game would see we did anything but that. There was a lot of disappointment but with that same effort and commitment it can only be positive for us.
“If we do go behind we certainly showed the spirit is there. No heads went down. If anything they rolled up their sleeves and re-doubled their efforts.”
Adams is under no illusions his brief is to pick up points rather than simply raise performance levels between now and the final reckoning on May 11.
“Football is about winning games and picking up points but in a lot of aspects the players were first class. I will be demand that of them in the last four games,” he said. “I’ve been in the game long enough to know a defeat at any level is tough, but we realise what is at stake. You are never happy in defeat.”