Norwich City boss Neil Adams reveals plans for pre-season bow at Dereham

Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is one of the new faces poised to be on show at Dereham on Saturday in the Canaries' first pre-season fixture. Picture: Denise Bradley Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban is one of the new faces poised to be on show at Dereham on Saturday in the Canaries' first pre-season fixture. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, July 10, 2014
12:16 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams aims to put on a show in the Canaries’ first pre-season outing of the new campaign at non-league neighbours Dereham Town on Saturday (3pm KO).

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Adams will use the short trip to Aldiss Park and next week’s test at Conference Premier Braintree to give the majority of his troops a run-out, but the City chief is also looking for a winning start against the Magpies.

“We want to win of course and that is the philosophy every game we go into,” he said. “It’s a local game and its good to support the local football clubs. There’ll be a few along to watch and the Norwich fans will be looking forward to seeing the new faces. It is about match fitness really. The players have worked ever so hard in training so far and I have made it clear how happy I am with that.

“It is now getting match minutes under their belt. Most of the players will get 45 minutes on Saturday and we’ll take a large group of players. It is about getting those first minutes, similarly at Braintree, and then over in Italy we would look to give the players longer run outs.

“Right now it’s about getting that understanding between them. We certainly won’t be picking a team this weekend for Wolves on August 10. It is a case of mixing it up. We have a large group of players and it will be splitting them up into two teams.”

Adams, speaking to the club’s official site, is looking to fine tune his preparations during a three-game Italian tour featuring games against Novara, Livorno and French outfit Bastia.

“I went out there about a month ago just to check the facilities and to play two Serie B teams and a French Premier League team will be a really good test for us those nine days we are out there,” he said. “It’s vitally important for me as part of the pre-season preparations. We talked about the value of the team bonding at St George’s Park and it will be the same out in Italy, albeit with the addition of three very competitive games.”

Dutch international Leroy Fer will not be part of the squad travelling out to Italy on July 18 with the midfielder still involved in Holland’s World Cup campaign. Fer was injured for Wednesday’s semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina but Oranje now face a third/fourth place play-off game on Saturday against the hosts Brazil.

“I did watch it and Leroy would have been doubly disappointed with his injury to miss out,” said Adams. “Whether he was ready to go out there or not only the Dutch medical staff would know. We have our physio monitoring the situation and we believe he would have been close to be fit if they had got through that game and it would have been fantastic to have a Norwich City player through to a World Cup final.”

• Tickets for Dereham game are still on sale but the Magpies are advising supporters to book in advance by calling the club on 01362 690460. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £1 for children, with car parking passes £2. Tickets will also be available on the turnstile from 1pm on Saturday.

12 comments

  • G`day, Adelaide. I suppose it shows a bit of solidarity with "The Grass Roots"? + It helps the local economy. Wheels within wheels. Backscratchers all round. I`d like to believe the "grass roots" option. I really would like to... There`s probably a new backscratcher factory opening in Dereham this very minute ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Wonderful words from Adams but Fridays article lists several players who will not be part of the squad for the game. How can players not be available for the first pre season match?

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    VictorM

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Under the previous régime, the main objective of pre-season was to sniff out likely goalscorers and get rid.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I remember in the late 40's a city team playing at Kenninghall and beating them about 11-0, the city ended up down the bottom end of the 3rd div South, will much be achieved playing at Dereham??

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • I remember in the late 40's a city playing Kenninghall and beating them about 11-0, the city ended up down the bottom end of the 3rd div South, will much be achieved playing at Dereham??

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • Steely`s clinical cutting edge is as surgical as ever! His comments even go over a 6` 4" person`s head. I wish short footy watchers were similarly blessed ;-) No passing on of "concessionary" tickets Matt. Don`t be a bad boy again. This is Uncle Brewer just trying to help.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • A wise bet Mat! Even at international level there seems to be no plan 'B'. Pack the midfield, play keepy-ball, and hope the opposition make a mistake is the order of of the day. I've said it before, the computer programs that managers rely on encourages players to cover a lot of ground, and make accurate passes (ie sideways and backwards).

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • ;) They dont bother with friendly games. Well my regular away lot anyway. Im just a glutton for punishment doing them and the cup games!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Matt - surely you won't go unless your five mates can get seats together ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • ;) not convinced ill have time to attend but will certainly try my best. Sure my win at the bookies on there being no goal scorer in Holland & Argentina game will surely help fund a Dereham match ticket.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • I admire your commitment Mat. Will expect a full report on the possibles and the probables. Trust your assessment more than Archie's.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • thats my question finally answered about tickets on the day. :) Thank you Archie. I see NCFC fans on twitter are already moaning an making assumptions regarding the starting line up for this game on twitter. Every year whether its Gorleston, Dereham, Lowestoft etc...the first half side and 2nd half side means nothing. Its not like the 1st half side is 1st choice etc. Its just about getting everyone through 45 minutes footy.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

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