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Same again will do nicely for Norwich City boss Neil Adams

12:15 28 July 2014

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is demanding more of the same in two Carrow Road home friendlies this week after a useful work-out on Friday against SC Bastia. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Neil Adams is demanding more of the same in two Carrow Road home friendlies this week after a useful work-out on Friday against SC Bastia. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams detects no trace of a lingering hangover from Norwich City’s struggles last season as they prepare to make their Carrow Road return for the first time since losing that Premier League status in Monday’s friendly against OGC Nice (KO 7:45pm)

Norwich City’s injury check list

Jonny Howson is a doubt after tweaking knee ligaments against SC Bastia

Alex Tettey sat out Friday’s match with a groin injury

Kyle Lafferty will not feature against OGC Nice to rest a shin injury

Ricky van Wolfswinkel continues to step up his recovery from a knee injury but will not be risked

Lewis Grabban will return this week if he suffers no reaction to stepping up training following an Achilles problem

Norwich’s top flight fate was confirmed in a final day 2-0 loss to FA Cup winners Arsenal back in May, but Adams senses only positive vibes as he strives to make it a short stay in the Championship.

City’s squad have prove receptive in training camps at St George’s Park and last week’s Italian excursion, and Adams expects that to continue this week back on home soil against the French this evening and Celta Vigo.

“The application has been excellent,” he said. “You come back and you are looking at these players after relegation and you ask yourself, ‘What frame of mind are they in? What are the desire levels?’ and they have been absolutely bang on. It’s easy to say that but it its true. The work rate, the intensity of the sessions, the effort they have put in gives us a good base. Bastia tested us on the defensive side, on our formation and shape and the philosophies I am asking of the players and I expect the same again in the next two friendlies.

“We need that challenge because we go to Wolves on August 10 and we are going to get a challenge. A big one. We know that. Nice will be tough, so will Celta Vigo and it gives us a fresh opportunity to have a look at one or two things but it is all geared towards the league.”

City’s hard-fought friendly draw against Claude Makelele’s Corsicans offered an upbeat finale after a farcical lack of competitive action early on in a 13-0 romp against a regional select before a scheduled midweek fixture was canned.

“Listen, it was a good trip,” said Adams. “We could have done with the midweek game but I think if we had played Bastia and been a million miles off the pace it would have been easy to point the finger. People who have seen us scoring bagfuls of goals at home and in Italy may have feared what would happen when we got a good test. Well we have shown we are up to pace.

“I would have rather had a game than the open training session but that did give us a chance to do a bit more tactical work. The trade off is what you gain in tactical sessions you lose from not being able to put it into practice against a reasonable standard of opposition.”

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9 comments

  • So much for the juggling, for my next trick I will make Fer disappear-{to QPR or Southamton} !

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    borderman

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • That`s one BIG bogey, Neil.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Hes letting them know where the ball is. Nothing new there then ;-)

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    sharky

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Matt, thought you were talking about me there! Was a pretty mediocre wedding DJ in my time. It certainly is a pretty naff photo. No idea what he's doing....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Yes a lettuce. It's an old picture. Neil Adam and Chris Hughton (wet lettuce).

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Then Neil Adams ended the press conference by domonstrating his telekinetic powers after apologising for his failure to teach the technique to any Norwich player last season so that they could ensure they got a pass from Robert Snodgrass.

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    waclor

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Neil looks like a really really really bad wedding DJ in that photo!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Is that a lettuce?

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    B Inners

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Nice bit of juggling Neil, will stand you in good stead when it comes to team selection.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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