Norwich City boss Neil Adams promises there is more to come after Ipswich derby success

Norwich City boss Neil Adams show how much it means at the final whistle after watching his side beat Ipswich Town 1-0 in the Championship. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Neil Adams show how much it means at the final whistle after watching his side beat Ipswich Town 1-0 in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 23, 2014
5:26 PM

Neil Adams insisted Norwich City will get even better after beating East Anglian rivals Ipswich 1-0 in Saturday’s Championship derby at Portman Road.

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The Yellow Army were out in force at Portman Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdThe Yellow Army were out in force at Portman Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries’ recent dominance over their Suffolk neighbours continued with Lewis Grabban securing a sweet away win after notching his fourth Championship goal of the new season.

City had to endure a nervous ending to a game where they carved out the best chances. Grabban lifted over with Dean Gerken to beat early in the second period before Tommy Smith kicked his goalbound effort off the line with City looking dangerous on each fresh counter. Adams, however, was happy to savour his first derby win as a manager but knows there is room for improvement.

“I’m delighted with the victory,” he said. “I thought we needed to be better in the first half. I said to the players at the break we didn’t move the ball as quickly or as sharply as had to. Even though we were winning the game I felt we could step it up. Defensively throughout the game we were excellent but we could have added one or two more goals in that second half. We missed some good chances and we restricted them.

“It’s a great start for Lewis. Four goals in four and we’ve just had a bit of a laugh in the changing room saying he should have had a couple more. I think the chip just shows you the sign of his confidence. If he had not scored and was having a bad time he would have put his foot through it, which was probably the right decision. It went for the one over the keeper and got a bit on it and if he had we might not have been biting our nails as much.”

Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is mobbed after scoring his match-winner against Ipswich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City striker Lewis Grabban is mobbed after scoring his match-winner against Ipswich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Adams made a point of issuing a public apology to Ipswich chief Mick McCarthy in his post-match interview after failing to shake hands with Town’s management on the final whistle. The City chief went over to the far side of the stadium to celebrate with the 2,000 strong travelling support at the end.

“I want to apologise to Mick and Terry (O’Connor) – I was out of order, completely unintentionally. I hope you all report that,” he said. “I was too caught up in the moment and I didn’t shake his hand or Terry’s. I should have shown more respect to them and shaken both their hands before I went off on my celebrations. Hand on heart it was definitely not intentional. I would definitely not have been happy if it had been flipped so big apologies to Mick and Terry, they’re good people and I apologise unreservedly.

“Terry came on to the pitch to shake my hand and that’s when I realised, ‘I’ve forgotten, I’ve made a big mistake’. It’s my fault, it wasn’t intended and hopefully they will accept that with grace. I don’t want to argue with Mick.

“As for the fans I know what they will be feeling, they’ve got a happy weekend now. I’ve always had a fantastic relationship with the fans. I remember playing here, it’s a great feeling. They can go back up the road with smiles on their faces, and that’s what we said at the start of the season what we wanted to do.”

Beaten Town counterpart McCarthy appeared willing to accept Adams’ public apology when he later faced the media.

“So he should (apologise). I tend to deal with my matters with other managers and coaches individually and on my own. He probably said that because he thought I’d mention it,” he said. “Listen, he’s got a good team, they’re a good side and they’ve just beaten us. If it’s a lesson in etiquette (he needs) then the first people he should shake hands with is me and TC. I’ve done it when we’ve been beaten six and five.

“We were playing against a good team that has come down from the Premier League with good players and they’ve signed some more good players. They’ve got a good squad. It’s no disgrace how we played against them, it’s just difficult when it’s our nearest and not so dearest.”

Ryan Bennett’s early injury exit was the only sour footnote for the vistors and Adams now faces an anxious wait to assess the full extent of the ankle injury.

“I’m concerned with Ryan. He’s gone over on his ankle, he’s on crutches at the minute and in a protective boot, which is mandatory for an injury,” he said.

“Until we get it scanned we won’t know, but we’re obviously desperately hoping that he’s just sprained it rather than anything more serious. He’s quite sore at the minute.”

56 comments

  • Molly Wimly, she smook loike a chimley, but she`s moi li``le nickertine gal... Other classics include "Wass the Bottum dropped owt", "Suthin` Cold" and my favourite, "Halloween":- Ghoosts doont loike nobody, they all mairk awful noise. They weep and moon, they grunt and groon - and they doon`t loike exorcize". Dew yew goo aan down the owl` Chachyaard, boi...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • NA has been back in touch with Mick M, he said "...let's call it a day, I said all I have to say, Except don't forget to pray, And shake a hand evr'y day." (Faye Adams, Shake a Hand, 1953).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Don't know how that 'love' bit got in there, Although his missus did wurk for me at the time!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Are ya lisning together? Oi wis on oliday in Italy about 35 year ago. I wis walking down a back lane in Sorrento and ahead of me was a bloke I recognised. He was a market trader Veg mainly! Thought I'd pull his leg."Ave you got a lite boy I asked" cos he was a smoking a fag. He offered a lite in the the time accepted way.with a contact of lighted fag with love lighted fag. I was a pleasant pheasant plucker in those days as well. Not m CH changes!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I want to hold your hand (mr McCarthy...) said Paul McCartney...

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    JDeehan

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • And if Mr Vad does't comply, 'Blarst me bor if yew darnt stop yer squit yew'l git a ding o' the lug ole partner.'

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Were she your nicotine gal?

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Perhaps we could offer Mr Vadis Wossername a translation facility while he is settling in , otherwise life in an Exec bungalow in Swardeston will be puzzling for him . What IS the Flemish for " Dew yew hoof that there ball up the middle , boy , dew you dunt do what Oi tell yer to dew , dew yor'll be in trouble , cuz Aarl be all of a muckwash an suffin savage wi yer ! "

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • She wud smoile , all the whoile , daady dint know all ; wot she yooster say ter me , be'ind the gaardin wall , Ha ya goh a Lih ' boy ? ha ya goh a Lih ' ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Oi knew a gal, real nice gal, down in Wroxham way. She were hully noice ter me back in the owl skool days...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • You'll do for me Dobby, I be told.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Cutty been living here several years now go back to NY every 2 years to told I have more English accent so been told .

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Dont really know what has gone on with Bassong at the club but they should kiss and make up asap , a confident Bassong would be an asset at this level without a doubt.

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    marcohendy

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Thanks stephen d, that's the one.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Lincs - Matt Elliott

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    stephen davis

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Igno; I cannot think of likely candidates for improving our defence. I could compile a "wish list" but it would be of little value. Kyle Naughton (RB). Curtis Davies (CB). Of course, we already have a decent CB on the payroll, in the person of Sebastien Bassong, but it seems he`s firmly planted in "naughty corner" for the moment. LB is well covered when Olsson returns, and Garrido`s a safe pair of feet. Whittaker`s a liability at FB, specially if Bambied into confusion by a nippy winger. His experience of "flat track bullying" in the feeble SPL is no preparation for the real world of English football, not even the `mere` Championship (which is, in any case, superior to the SPL).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • One name for you Igno is Barry Simmonds. Had to look it up but he's Head of Recruitment. Presumably Neil puts similar concerns as raised on this board and tasks him with the mission to recruit. As for lower league defenders cutty there are always brick hithouses out there, just needs someone to take a punt. Bit like that big guy Martin O Neil had as his captain at Leicester (help me with name someone).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Don't wish to prolong the handshake business but Mick should have been a bit more gracious in his acceptance of Neil's apology. He's made his mistakes, when he was in charge at Wolves the club was adjudged to have 'Failed to fulfil its obligations to the league and other clubs in the utmost good faith'.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Agree Igno, just trust that Neil and his team are trying their best to prise a suitable defender away from their current club. I can't put any names forward, I no longer know too much about teams outside the Prem and I doubt we'd get another in-form player from there.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Quire agree re; Cuellar. Following a bright start to the season might it not be sufficient to encourage a pretty decent defensive loanee from one of the prem sides? It looks like Martin is destined to remain at CB despite obvious short comings ( Scotland place etc) Whits lacks pace and if RB's injury is long term there is a frailty evident at the back. This makes no allowance for further injuries and or suspensions.... A win is a win, but if such profligacy in front of goal is to continue, a tighter defence is surely going to be vital. So, in the hope that someone at the dizzy heights of Carrow Road reads these boards, how about suggesting a name or two lads?

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • El Tel- Grow some B..s!

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    dave123

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • It looks like Archie has picked my name out of the etherisation tombola over the last few days. I thought that I had a system to beat him, obviously not. While on the subject of sour grapes and handshakes, I am still amused to see The Chuckle Brothers as manager and assistant at Villa. That dressing room must be a barrel of laughs.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • .. "Dawkins` Complete Guide to the Yorkshire Boors".

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Wouldn't you just know it, all the papers can pick up on is the hand shake incident. I thought MM would have been bigger than that but, perhaps he had to give his fans something to cling on to. Yes, we were not as clinical in front of goal as we should have been, and we could have won far more convincingly but the first away win since WBA .Happy for NA and the team. Well done all of you.

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    Egyptian canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • ... time to get Cuellar up to speed? A place in the League Cup starting XI, perhaps. Great shame about RB`s injury. Like Trevor Keith, I think he is probably our best CB, given the chance, and I`m not totally convinced that Russ is the right man for that job. Back on the subject of Neil`s etiquette, MickMac should remember that NA is a neophyte in senior management and `make allowances`. That would be better etiquette than "so he should". Graceless. I`m disappointed in you, MM. I always had a soft spot for you, even though you are from Boycott`s County. There must be a "Boorish Gene" in Yorkshire. I wonder if Richard Dawkins has written a book about it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Come on Archant don't fan the flames of this non-story by getting the Ipswich assistant managers name wrong, guess why he is known as "TC".

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    martyn elmy

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • MickMac didn`t seem too graceful in his "acceptance" of Neil`s fulsome apology. Shame. There`s no way Neil would have intentionally snubbed anyone. He was like an excited little boy getting his bestest ever Christmas present. An away win against the "Old Enemy". His first away win in charge. First `3 wins on the trot` for NCFC since December 2012. Chris Martin looks the `real deal` at Derby now, Swiss. I think he needed to move to achieve that breakthrough. Just a pity an academy lad couldn`t make it with us... and we got zilch for him!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Today's papers obsessed with the handshake incident. Pathetic. Have read some ITFC message boards and what bothers your fans, McCarthy, is your drab style of play.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I agree with Dobby that there is no need to trash-talk Ipswich. At least they did better than the last time that we were there. It is good that we don't go to Forest and Derby until later in the year and then get them at home in March. Chris Martin seems to be coming good.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • @DOBBY1970: your first post says it all. Well done Neil and well done lads. Proud to be a yeller.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Okay Dobby wasn't going to be critical of your nationality, just trying to understand your grammar\spelling.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • No English have American

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Dobby are you Spanish?

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I a free with EL Tel Ipswich are a poor side wait until we play Forrest Watford and other teams at the to lets not get carry away is early days.

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • There is to much bad comments about Ipswich is not needed think some fans need to grow up ok we no we don't like Ipswich but come city fans .

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Well done to Neil Adams and the players good win at Ipswich first game agains them in three years should have won by bigger margin but all the same good win. I know I been one of the first to complain about city I will always credit way is do.my problem is more with the board.

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    DOBBY1970

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I bet Neil was worried that Mick's big hands may be a bit firm after the result and decided to run up the pitch! Great result and I prey we can build our confidence and attack every came with confidence...

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    TheBirdCage

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Feels good to be winning for a change, let's hope it continues, the fans deserve it.

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Lets all rejoice upon Neil's first away victory as our manager, it could not have come at a better place. We all know it will be a long season and anything can happen but at least we are now seeing our traditional type of attacking football and look forward to the next couple of games at home. No the team as a whole were not perfect but we are off to a very good start for the season, lets all get behind the team and see where it takes us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • A deserved away win.Ryan Bennett's response to his injury seemed to me to say it was a pain he was all too familiar with and knew the seriousness of the potential.If luck is cruel, that's about as cruel as it gets.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Pants very dry, all across Norfolk.

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    frankief

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Great day. So much more than a victory. Selection, tactics, attitude, commitment all spot on. Well done lads. My daughter is still running around the house in her kit and daddy is still smiling like a simpleton. E Anglian domination!!

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    frankief

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • So El Tel just what would be a good result for you I suppose even if we get good results against those you mention your glass would still be half empty. You do realise that attitude is one of early stages of depression ? Enjoy the moment the Canaries fans were absolutely brilliant today.

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    Egyptian canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Great win. Sometimes it is only the result that matters. Bad news re Ryan Bennett. Time to get in defensive cover. It's a long season.

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Sorry Paul did not mean to upset anyone just a wake up call so you will not be disappointed in the end.Wait till we meet Forest Derby Watford with them having 11 men.If we beat them I will grovel .

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    El tel

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • So we won playing badly El tel (except for Hoolahan). Isn't that the sign of a good team? I also wonder if on the day Adams history with the club gave us a competitive edge. McCarthy pre-match was at pains to point out the big one for him was the Old Firm derby. And post match he was more concerned about handshaking etiquette. Troll free zone here tonight, unlike on the Star and East Anglian Times sites. Come on Norwich fans, let it be. I get the hump with Warkys Tosh, Liz Snott et al but never feel the urge to join them.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • El Tel, you're not wearing a blue and white shirt are you? RVW could not hit a barn door from three yards, and while Grabben has been somewhat fortuitous so far, he does seem to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Alex Tettey continues to be a revelation and I would go as far to say that we are fast assuming an embarrassment of riches, whereas Ipswich are just , well frankly, embarrassing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • El Tel, why do you feel the need to come on here and be rude to other posters? Is your own life so sad and empty that you just can't handle seeing other people being happy? You have my sympathies.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Ruddy 'El Tel! Get more posi for crying out loud! I bet you're a great laugh down the pub! Agreed that Laff was bit a bad and Whittaker looked sloooow but we beat the Tractors on their turf and away. It's got to inspire some confidence in our away form we so desperately need. And you can't knock Grabban.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Yes a win against a.poor Ipswich side only Hoolahan impressed Whittaker Turner Lafferty and the so called captain all rubbish could not put a decent pass together.If RVW had those chances that Lafferty had he would have buried them.Wake up you so called supporters not a hope in h..... Of finishing in top six.

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    El tel

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • If Fulham employ Hoots, they deserve oblivion. I cannot imagine any team at any level employing that utter numb nuts. Then again, we did.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • We play Fulham on 18th October. Is it too much to hope Magath will still be manager? Or will they have brought in someone who can tighten up the defence. Hoots away, maybe.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Handshake, Swiss? Not a team of those f*****g Mason b*****ds, I hope. I hope Ryan`s injury needs not too much Besserung. I wonder where the 1p5wich troll, La Snott has gone? Frau Farbissina ist zu verbissen. Traurig alte Kuh. On a pessimistic note, we`re only 3rd now. 42 games to go though...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • A shrewd tactical game from Neil, I think that he is really starting to prove himself. The Ipswich post-match report was 80% about the "handshake" incident. You have to laugh. I am sure that there is much more to come, perhaps a Belgian international to replace Leroy? Gute Besserung! As they say here, to Ryan Bennett.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Yeah, Nevermind, we played very well indeed, played them off the pitch at times and yeah we got one goal and deserved more and it's always tense towards the end of the 90 mins but I wouldn't say we looked nervous at all. There's a few niggles with not seeing Murphy come on and perhaps a little frail at the back at times but it's all a learning curve. Could be worse... Could be Fulham...

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Congratulations Neil .......... a passionate, determined approach well and truly paid off. Definitely a more on-sided game than most of the media are portraying. Yes, a lack of clinical finishing but creating chances in the final third at last .......... OTBC - TOTLAPR for a short while anyway ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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