Norwich City boss Neil Adams detects green shoots of recovery

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey sat out the Braintree midweek friendly win as a precaution. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey sat out the Braintree midweek friendly win as a precaution. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
8:00 AM

Norwich’s promising midfield concoction has been one of the highlights of City’s early pre-season work for Neil Adams.

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The Canaries’ boss has deployed a diamond and a more regulation midfield four to harness the pace and directness of Josh Murphy and Nathan Redmond along with the creative trickery of Wes Hoolahan and the balance afforded by Andrew Surman and Jonny Howson. Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey have alternated in the anchor role and Adams is convinced he has the personnel and the tactical flexibility to gain the upper hand in a key area of the field.

“We’ve started with a diamond in both games which gives players the licence to get forward, particularly those corner players as I call them like Surman and Howson,” he said. “In that system they get a chance to push on. That was shown by the first goal (at Braintree) when a midfielder player was the furthest forward in the opposition penalty box. What you have to do is make sure you are ready and prepared to deal with a potential counter-attack.

“I was pleased with that performance. We moved the ball really well, as we should do with all due respect to the opposition, and we scored some really good goals. For an hour particularly our patterns of play were very good until we made one or two substitutions which disrupted things a little bit so I was really pleased the players did their jobs. We are trying to build fitness but the football was very good.”

Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey were two midfield options not at Adams’ disposal against the Iron, but both have travelled out to Italy as part of City’s 24-man squad.

“Anthony was sick all night on the Monday,” said Adams. “Nick Davies the sports scientist had it the day before and we are keeping fingers crossed now it doesn’t go through the squad. Pilks was going to play but phoned the physio on the early hours of the night to say he was being sick. Alex is another who would have played. He travelled with us but he had a bit of swelling on his knee. If it had been a league game he would probably have played but we won’t take any risks at this stage.”

City’s 6-1 romp at Conference Premier Braintree was also notable for Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s first brace in a Norwich shirt after his disappointing debut campaign, but the Dutchman has stayed behind in Norwich for treatment on a minor knee injury. The 25-year-old is not expected to miss the start of the Championship season at Wolves and Adams insists the club-record signing is up for the huge challenge ahead over the coming months.

“Ricky is a great lad and obviously confidence is a big thing and what you saw from him is the work rate and the effort is there,” said Adams. “He is still someone who is desperate to impress.

“All the Norwich fans will be delighted for him because it has been really tough for him and I just hope that continues because goals breed confidence and vice versa. That was great for him to score goals; no matter if it’s in a friendly, training or a league game strikers like scoring goals and we know he had a tough time of it.”

19 comments

  • DJ_F - POTS is a poison chalice - just look at how many winners of this award in recent seasons have departed for pastures new during the summer after collecting it. Would you rather have lost Snoddy for a large fee, or Olsson for peanuts?

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    The Crab

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I put custard on mine cutty.

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    The Crab

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • You're right Scot, just trying to inject a positive spin for a tough game.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • I come from a poor family Timbo. But you have to admit the rhubarb on these pages thrive on it.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • ScotCan agree re Wes.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • "... now getting on a bit ..."

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • DJ_F. Cannot help but think that Wessi's days as a regular in any team are numbered as he is not getting on a bit and seems to have lost what little pace he ever had. Sadly the days of a slow-but-clever, foot-on-the-ball-type (Crook) player seem to be over as the pace of the English game has increased over the years.

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Cutty. Hmmm! As were NCFC a few seasons ago and Southampton the season after.

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Bowkett is a man of the people. Discuss.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Ugh... Do you put manure on your rhubarb Cutty?....We put custard on ours....

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    Timbo

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Would have liked to see Olsen get POTS - thought he was the best and most consistent performer. Snodgrass for his endeavor blotted his copybook on multiple occasions - especially penalty-gate. That point could have been priceless.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Play the diamond, keep Wes a happy chappy. No teams in the Chump can afford to man mark our Irish gem otherwise the space will open up for the wide men to come inside ........... or leave Kyle Grabban to have the space to shoot (well that's what the missus reckons !)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • RVW was playing with a hugh price on his head and it was obvious to the fans that he was not getting the service he required or the regular games. He had to keep going back into his own half just to get a kick of the ball every time he was played. It was sad to see, just hope Adams plays the squad the right way. Anyone with any knowledge of how football should be played could tell he has class when given the proper chances. Can't say any player played with any particular craft last season except perhaps Olson who has to be kept in the team. If he goes we know the management and Board haven't got a clue.

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    goldie

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Agree that Wolves will be tough, there aren't going to be any easy games. But Wolves are ex division one and we are ex prem, big gap, hope it counts.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • I wouldn't be surprised to see a slowish start with momentum building as the season advances. Wolves away will be tough especially with a noisy full house. Supporters will need to show patience - not the strongest quality!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • It's good for the rhubarb dingo.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Lets hope there is not an early Autumn frost.

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    Sherbert

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Once the season starts we'll all be behind the team as ever. I just can't stand all the bovine dung coming from Carrow Road.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • For CH's style of play to work it needed a tall, power running front man, and a pair of coordinated centre backs. We lacked in these two areas yet he persisted with the system. Neil on the other hand looks to be using a system more suited to the players he has available. I'm sure we'll also see plan 'B' during this tour against stiffer opposition.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

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