Norwich City boss Neil Adams has no fears facing Premier League title favourites Liverpool

Norwich boss Neil Adams is relishing the prospect of devising a plan to face Liverpool. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich boss Neil Adams is relishing the prospect of devising a plan to face Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00 AM

Neil Adams will relish the task of trying to plot Liverpool’s downfall in an epic Carrow Road game which carries repercussions at both ends of the Premier League.

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City must halt the Reds’ march to a first top flight crown since 1990 to boost their own flagging survival chances after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in Adams’ first match since replacing Chris Hughton. Adams is confident the manner of Norwich’s display at Craven Cottage gives them a chance of pulling off a major upset.

“It would be a lot tougher to pick them up if we had not given a good account of ourselves or been rolled over and trampled,” he said. “They delivered from Monday to Friday and delivered in terms of the commitment and attitude in the game. It is tough picking up a team after a defeat but when they look back they will realise there is a lot there and we can take that on again in the next four games we will have a great chance. I said to the players afterwards if they give me that effort, and I don’t just mean running around the pitch, but in a tactical sense, we will give it a go. That is minimum requirement now and we’ll be ready tactically. We won’t just turn out the same again. We will feel we can look to beat Liverpool and we have this period to work on it. We need to pick up points in these four games but we believe we can do it.”

Adams is also banking on the Carrow Road factor working in his side’s favour, with the former player and media pundit looking for a special atmosphere from the home support.

“There are a lot of Norwich fans who have been at Carrow Road when we have turned big teams over. They know and I know what sort of atmosphere they can generate and that translates to the players,” he said. “I have played in games there where we have beaten big teams and watched plenty of matches when Norwich have turned the form book upside down and one or two of the big teams would confirm that. You always get fired up for the big teams so we say bring it on, we’ll be ready for it. I don’t think the pressure is any less irrespective of who we play now.”

33 comments

  • If you are being serious MB it means laugh out loud

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    GrumpyMike

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Btw, what does `lol` mean? Is it a reference to Lol Morgan, a City manager from yesteryear? I assume it might be some form of self-congratulatory expression. A bit like "Call me Dave" Cameron`s "He didn`t see that one coming, did he" jibe, which completely ruined what had been an excellently prescripted ad lib put-down of Ted Millipede, at PMQs in the House of Common Criminals.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Hi, Blaffen Wijs, mijn oud, speciaal, knapachteren vriend. Waarom can you get `scra pping` thro` so easily, when I had to resort to disguising the `S` word, on pain of sending Archie`s Offensometer into overload? Though it did get through eventually, while simultaneously generating a quasi-duplicate. Quasi-duplicates clearly do not warrant rejection; "Reason - Quasi-duplicate". It`s enough to drive you quasi, isn`t it? You are definitely and defiantly a definitive `Insider`, Blaff. Je boos vriend, Gek. Ooops, I did it again. Croutons.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Good luck to all for Sundays' match. I think City will be beaten soundly, all ends up. But ,as ever this season, we will travel in hope rather than expectation.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I remember when we used to go down to the Loaves & Fishes in Beccles on 'Coypu Control', but, I guess that had a different meaning !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • What else are you going to that's longer than life Mad Brewer?lol

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    GrumpyMike

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I remember the eerie noises those rodents made when I was fishing at Taverham pits. A bit like a baby crying, with a bit of Alfred Hitchc0ck thrown in. Ive given up on highlighting topys, unless its a troll or somebody i dont like. Life`s too short.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • The Coypu took years to eradicate because the marsh-men hired to catch them always released a few at the end of the season to make sure they had work the following winter. Eradication was achieved when they were given a one-time bonus to actually catch them all by Jan 1989. Now there is an idea.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I thought I was the only one who had spotted Keith s' little typo, Egyptian and then you go and spoil it. (He did say "pints in the bag"). So, Keith s, when we celebrate survival or drown our sorrows, can I have mine in a glass?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Remember we eradicated the Coypu (Large South American Rodent with over sized teeth otherwise known as the Suarez) lets finish the eradication...NO COYPUS in Norfolk!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • After witenssing the game at Fulham (WHAT A DUMP) at least we can go into Sundays game with more hope than we would have done under CH so go for it Neal and pull off the shock result of the day (NO SEASON)so kieth s. it looks like the beer is on you with pints on the board.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Good point Flying Canary. It`s because nobody is trying to get in pre-emptive excuses for failure, as was the case under Chrissy. In fairness, nobody really expects Neil to pull this out of the fire, but the vast majority really wants him to succeed. It`d got to the sad stage where some real supporters were on the verge of wishing us to lose, just to rid ourselves of Hughton. It is their right to feel that way. Fans are eternal. Players come and go. Managers likewise. Wouldn`t it be great to have a holistic approach, whereby everybody felt as committed to the club as the paying fans? Like the highly paid players and the teeming hordes of the management caravan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • OMG. The forbidden word was `scra pping!! Pathetic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Why is no one mentioning "the quality of the opposition.....?"

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Paradoxically, TrevorK, the `no-win situation` is indeed a positive! As you say, from the word go, nobody has expected anything from this quartet of games. It`s such a pity that the team failed to turn up for too many winnable games. Now it`s down to scr@pping for what we can get, and getting (dare I say it?) a bit of luck. Trouble is, it`s unlikely we`ll get any favours from referees against those top teams, especially Liverpool this season. One huge, shock result could yet save us, but it might well need even more than that after the Fulham result. It`ll be a very special day at The Carra on Sunday. Go for it, lads. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Paradoxically, TrevorK, the `no-win situation` is indeed a positive! As you say, from the word go, nobody has expected anything from this quartet of games. It`s such a pity that the team failed to turn up for too many winnable games. Now it`s down to scrapping for what we can get, and getting (dare I say it?) a bit of luck. Trouble is, it`s unlikely we`ll get any favours from referees against those top teams, especially Liverpool this season. One huge, shock result could yet save us, but it might well need even more than that after the Fulham result. It`ll be a very special day at The Carra on Sunday. Go for it, lads. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • There is little point having any fears at this stage of the season, the previous manager had many must win games against the lower sides and failed so all NA has to do is get the team playing with pride. Any points gained from now on in will certainly be a bonus as none are really expected. We all live in hope or should that be a fools paradise, whereby we pray for an unlikely win but we are also realistic so bring them all on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Matt could be the first inductee into the `Cubicle of Celebrity`. Flushed with success, he`d also have long reels of paper with which to soak up his prolific prose. I`ll propose him if you second him, Wijsman. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Where`ve you really been, Blaff? Thorn`s, looking for a BillyBob Channel-compatible televisie? Fagen and I were wondering what had happened to you. On another board, I expressed my desiccation at the drying-up your very personal brand of Smartar$ery; guaranteed to raise the ire of the Dullards, and the eyebrows of the Moderators. Pleased that it is only a seasonal problem - it`s not oestrogen related is it? It`s that time of the... year. I must insist that my unconditional support for Mattias remains. I am just trying to help him develop into a fully fledged legend of the Cubicles. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. I`m just `a soul` whose intentions are good. Hopefully, my random use of a few capitals might incite a bit of bellicosity. Such fun. Je knapachteren vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Come on Neil, lets pull off the upset of the season!!!

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    Henry

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Oh how much would I love it if we beat Liverpool?! OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Nice sound-bites from the Far West and from the wild Middle-East. Natty notion, Dubai! G`day, Adelaide! I would like to see Neil Adams `slugh` off the last remnants of `Houghtonery` by divesting himself of the dark suit and getting into a `trackie`! At least he`s not wearing a country vicar`s pullover from the Premier Man catalogue. Apologies for parentheses - they`re just to save any dullards from feeling the need to have a pop about those deliberate misspellings (which are only intended to amuse - even if they fail to). Comment not intended for you, cobber! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • A sound whooping from Liverpool, look how they beat Man City this weekend and how man City caved in the Canaries. Far too little too late, changes were needed when the fixtures list contained some easier games, the run in a howler with 1 or 2 points maximum. I think Fulham are the jinx team, they may over take Norwich, but its better to have to pints in the bag so the Canaries may just scrape through.

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Suarez's bite is worse than his bark. The bigger they are the harder they fall so come Saturday expect a loud crash from Carrow Road.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • How about a bit of mind games or petulance at Kick Off. Just before KO one of our players picks up the ball from the center spot, hands it to Suarez and points him in the direction of the tunnel. There you go, there's the match-ball, now b****r off !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • On balance the overall performance was pretty good at Fulham I thought and City were unlucky to leave empty handed. At least they showed spirit, fight and courage and they actually created more chances than Fulham did. Fulham got one lucky chance and scored, City created several very good scoring opportunity and were unfortunate not to have scored on several occasions. That is what football is all about riding the luck and taking the chances - we lost last Saturday but live to fight on again. Liverpool will be under tremendous pressure to win on Sunday and keep their title hopes alive. With all that pressure and expectation, it might just work in City's favour. Certainly we have to have belief that we can win and go out and try and shock them - should be a great game to watch ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • CH was rubbish, Neil Adams on the other hand is superb, If only the players could actually score goals.

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    norwichlad23

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I thought he was being placed in the role as a bit of short term motivator (which does seem to be working), but I wouldn't be adverse to him getting the gig regardless of this season's outcome. Just good to hear using positive sentiments for once (as insecure and feeble as that sounds). The only positive thing Hughton did was give a poor account of himself at the 'last supper' with the board...I appreciate that Chrissy.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • living down here I must admit I don't know a lot about Neil Adams, just looking at the picture above he looks far more positive and determined than CH ever did. Perhaps this is a good omen.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Yes sure does make a change. I like the bit about effort in the tactical sense using yer brain.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I am sure we will see maximum effort on Sunday. I am hoping the midfield will work harder to both close down Liverpool and when we get the ball to work it forward quickly. But our achilles heel is that we can't score goals and I see no signs of that changing. Despite what must be heroic efforts by Neil Adams, he cannot be expected to reverse 20 months of sad decline overnight. It is true we have had some success against better teams. But we must also remember that we have also suffered more defeats, some humiliating, against the top teams. I do not expect anything from this game except to see the improvement at Fulham continue. For me our one hope is that by the time Arsenal come here they will have secured a Champions League place and, like WBA and Man City last season, may already be, as they say, on the beach.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • He certainly talks a good talk and his fighting spirit is a refreshing change. Everyone knows it is a huge hurdle to get over but at least he seems to be up for having a serious try.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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