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Striking dilemma for Norwich City boss Neil Adams ahead of Chelsea Premier League test

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have both struggled to bring their prolific scoring records to Norwich City. 
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Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have both struggled to bring their prolific scoring records to Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams knows time is running out to get Norwich City’s strikers firing in the bid for Premier League survival.

The Canaries’ boss has alternated between Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper during his three games in charge with Nathan Redmond and Robert Snodgrass also pushed into central areas in the elusive search for goals.

City have failed to pick up a point under Adams to slip into the bottom three, but the new boss is still bullish he has the weaponry at his disposal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea and Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road.

“The lack of goals has been one of the concerns of the season,” he said. “We have tried one or two things and you have to keep trying and keep going until you come up with a formula that works. So far it hasn’t worked because we haven’t scored enough goals in the games. We have two left to make sure we do that.

“They are two huge games and we have to get something from both. It is as simple as that. A win at Stamford Bridge would be fantastic and it would help our chance of escaping the bottom three massively.

“Obviously we know there are other games on Saturday that will make the picture even clearer but we have to be ready to go to Chelsea and welcome Arsenal and expect to get something. We are confident but we also understand the magnitude of the task. We still have people who believe we can do it. The spirit is still high and you have to go to those sort of places and give it everything you have got.”

Adams’s planning for the Blues will not alter whatever the outcome elsewhere over this weekend in the matches involving Norwich’s direct relegation rivals.

“That won’t have a bearing on our game plan because it would mean we have wasted probably four or five training sessions,” he said. “In terms of preparations we have a game plan and we hope to execute it. There is not a lot we can do about those results.

“We can’t hide away from them and it gives you a boost if you feel results have gone for you, but we have to take it on the chin if it goes the other way.”

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