Norwich City boss Neil Adams reveals reasons behind absence of high profile stars at Dereham

Norwich City's Ryan Bennett rises highest in the Canaries' 1-0 pre-season opening win at Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City's Ryan Bennett rises highest in the Canaries' 1-0 pre-season opening win at Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
6:02 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insisted there was nothing sinister in the omissions of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Seb Bassong for the opening 1-0 pre-season win at Dereham, secured by new summer recruit Kyle Lafferty.

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Bassong was part of the development squad who travelled to Boston United and club-record signing van Wolfswinkel trained on Saturday morning along with Republic of Ireland duo Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington, Martin Olsson and Mark Bunn.

The Dutch striker did not train on Friday but along with the rest of his weekend training partners is expected to be involved in Tuesday’s friendly trip to Braintree. Adams revealed Bassong’s involvement during the week will hinge on how he has fared at the Pilgrims.

“I’ll wait for the report from Paul Nevin and depending on that we’ll see if he is involved at Braintree but Ricky will be involved,” he said. “There are a few who trained today. Ricky didn’t train yesterday but he has worked today with Martin Olsson, Wes Hoolahan, Pilkington and Mark Bunn and they will all be involved on Tuesday night providing they are okay. Seb has trained and played in the development squad at Boston so we have to see how he has gone.”

Adams also made it clear there have been no acceptable transfer bids for any of his current squad with Nathan Redmond and Gary Hooper both touted with possible exits during recent days.

“Nothing to report at present. There are a lot of feelers out there and we are looking to strengthen all positions. What we also have to be prepared for is if there are any outgoings. It is not just about bringing players in,” he said. “We are aware there are clubs sniffing around players and we have to be ready. I want to add to the squad. There has been no bids or enquiries we have where we would want to let players out. It has to be the right money and we have to make sure if it happens we are not caught napping.”

Adams’ new summer signing Lafferty made his mark with a late close range winner.

“I think everyone could see how hard he worked. He got his goal as a reward and perhaps we could have used his height a little bit more,” said Adams. “You saw with the goal when Michael Turner nodded it back and he was there on hand. He has that presence and that is why we brought him in. He works hard, he gives us that aerial threat and he can be a nuisance to defenders. I said that about Grant Holt, even when he might not be playing well the opposition knew he was about. One thing you’ll find with Kyle he will keep at it and if he makes a mistake or misses a chance he will say give it me again. I love that attitude in players.

“The pitch was a bit sticky. Of course you want to win games even though that is not the most important thing at this stage. We had plenty of chances and you have to take them but generally we dominated the use of the ball and it drifted off towards the latter period of the game.”

34 comments

  • wanted to comment on the diamond formation story but cant find the link , so looks like we are not signing shirley bassey then.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Hi LincsCan. Why is it that, after giving up on getting messages past Archie`s Boycott-esque guard, they turn up hours later?? All the fun of the fair on your silver dream machine. Mrs. Mad Brewer #2 adored David Essex. I quite liked him, too... ;-) Saw him at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. A bit like these message boards?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • MB, been trying to think of a line like that ever since this board moved on from, well whatever the topic is, to ethics. Well done, I'm gonna make you a star (David Ethics).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • The only way is ethics.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Shame. Abridged version permitted, but meaning mostly lost.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Blocked. el dingo - "Orr" in Catch 22. I bet he never bragged about money....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • You`ve got me envious now, el dingo! I`ve never been that highly paid (not for long, anyway), and I`ve never been casual! In `Catch 22` there is a character called Orr, who had `a thousand valuable skills that would keep him in a low income group all his life`. I bet he joined the meek in the Kingdom of Heaven. Probably mending G0d`s Zim mer frame this very minute. For free. Of course.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • You`ve got me jealous now, el dingo. I`ve never been that highly paid (not for long, anyway), and I`ve never been casual! In `Catch 22` there is a character called Orr, who had `a thousand valuable skills that would keep him in a low income group all his life`. I bet he joined the meek in the Kingdom of Heaven. Probably mending God`s Zimmer frame this very minute. For free.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Are we to blame though? David B wrote about ‘a world cup to savour and remember’ yesterday, and Chris L recently produced a well written report on the manner of world cup celebration. Apart from one viewer’s comments, no one else has remarked on their views. Could it be that the public gets what the public wants? hence the endless repetitious inventories of one Norwich employee insisting that another admits that they are entirely focussed on the intention of winning matches. And while this is undoubtedly a noble aim, by also commenting on other ‘related’ articles we might be inadvertently encouraging our journalists to broaden their horizons and develop their literary skills. I particularly enjoyed Steve D’s scathing assessment of David Luiz and his flamboyant haircut, alas, no more wild celebrations. Lets just hope there are no more 7-1 defeats in yellow and green.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I wonder if tonight's World Cup winners will achieve success at the expense of ethics.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • LYB I've done both and your comments are valid. But as a sometime Sun sports sub the standards nationally production-wise in particular are light years ahead of the regionals. People love to knock The Sun but I am proud to have worked there, albeit as a (highly paid) casual:)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • You`re not wrong there, LYB. Perhaps any local "journalist" who aspires to greater things than reporting on the strawberry teas and scone contests, needs to develop a darker side. Isn`t it sad that, to succeed, they have to abandon ethics? Basically the same product, with higher quality lowness.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • .... I think the nastiest traits are cronyism and vested interests.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, it's absolutely nothing compared to the sheer deceit you get in the nationals. Not just made up quotes, staged stories, fabricated stories based on information from phantom 'unnamed sources', the works. I think the attitude of a lot of journalists stems from the use of the word 'story' instead of 'report'.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I don't know if you noticed, but Holland were still in the World Cup as of last night, so I'd hazard a wild guess that, crocked or not, as part of the squad, Fer's still in Brazil.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Cutty, many years ago I was asked by a company director to talk to a local hack in Biggleswade about the development of our lager brewery in the town, with the resulting end of "real ale" brewing there. I commented that, while the development meant there would be fewer jobs, the losses were minimal and would be mostly absorbed by imminent retirements and redeployment elsewhere in the company. Printed in the Archiesque rag was "There will be less (sic) jobs but it`s better than nothing". They quoted me as saying that. Less?? Friends who read it told me they knew it wasn`t what I said, because I would have said "fewer". Also, I`m not an unfeeling b*****d, as they were trying to depict the company. Slyly. Slyness is one of the nastier traits of local journalism, ahead of crassness and banaIity.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I see Fer did not make it to the bench last night. Seems to have had this hamstring injury for an awful long time. Crocked for the season?

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    JDDons

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • el dingo, after recent interchanges with Archie, including a "Yellow Card", I`ve stopped buying the EDP, so you`ll have to give me a `taster` on that Property article. It`s reassuring to know I`m not alone in my low opinion of Archie`s journalistic standards. I totally concur with cutty on this. I always concur with el dingo - "de geillustreerd man" ;-) Also, Lobbo & I are co-founders of the Elliott Bennett Fan Club... Btw, not buying 6 EDPs a week has added to my fund for cultural activities to the tune of up to 3 pints, depending on whether I can handle Wetherspoon`s on a discount day. Hogarthian.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • well that's cleared that up then!we all know that there will be one or two more departures before the season starts,we have 6 strikers,3 left backs and plenty of wide players so expect some of those to go.maybe swap a striker for a CB?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Sorry Fridays Property section pp 26-7

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    el dingo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • MB: check out the polo feature in yesterday's EDP. You'll just love it:)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • The thing is that when you enjoy a virtual monopoly you do not have to try so hard. Archie has written how times have changed and how difficult things are with all the competition etc and I am sure this is largely true. But the fact remains that if you want to read about NCFC in print the publication almost certainly will have been produced by Archie. Only my opinion of course but sometimes the subbingheadline writing is erm, a little bit slapdash. And for the rest I concur with cutty.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • 'Brew' I think Bassong is being sucked out in a rip tide! ie. fine on the surface but beware of the under currents.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Brew in several of your previous postings you've made the relevant point that the standard of reporting by the archie crew is poor. I spent 20 years in Yorkshire and these reporters wouldn't have gotten away with such bland articles with plain speaking Yorkshiremen looking for info.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Hear! Hear! Lobbo. EB is PotS-in-Waiting. No doubt; Don`t Speak... Lobbo, what do you read into Bassong being with the Development Squad? Is he in disgrace? Being kept away from the Seniors? Neil`s epiphany didn`t really... reveal anything. Not to me, anyway. It`s beginning to look more & more like we have all the players we need, and Neil & Co.`s job is to get them functional again. We do seem a bit short of CB cover, specially if Bass departs. I`d like to see the other Bennett stand up and be counted, too. I`d also like to see if Surman stays; or will he be tempted back to his favoured South Coast by Eddie Howe? Surman, Howson, Johnson as central midfield? Assuming Fer & Tettey are on their way. Whither Wessi? If `the likes of` Bass, Tetts, Fer and Wes do leave, Neil will have to recruit, surely? Btw; I`m `putting in a shift` to cover for Mattias until he gets back to work tomorrow & thereby has time to speed-type a few words ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Thanks for a bit of insight Colby. It was more than we got from Archie's articles. Good news about the Murphy boys, and maybe the new coaching team can improve Redmond's game.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Agreed. What's he actually revealed?

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    Liverpool canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Nice to see me old mucker EB getting an airing. Stand up and be counted Elliott Bennett, this is your season.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Was it Gafaiti, Colby? Am I alone in being none the wiser for Neil Adams` "revelations" about RvW and Bassong?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I watched City at Aldiss Park yesterday, 2, points who was the no 23 who played left back for most of the game his name was not in the programme and Nathan Redmond still the same as last year his final ball was always shocking. If city get an offer for him take it cos the Murphy brothers are quality.

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • On a related note, has anything been reported on how the excutive board is going to work? Is there an overall leader who takes all the inputs and makes a decision that everyone then gets behind, or do they have to get consensus on everything they do? hope it is the former, with the right person really picking the best out of all the inputs to make a great decision. The alternative does not bring-about the best results.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Btw; good to see Ryan has the beating of The Pub Landlord, guesting for the Magpies. Lost a bit of weight. Could be the likes of a club-record signing. I Dere`am. Btw; Paddy wasn`t there - he was covering the preliminary round of The Eurovision Scone Contest at Slipperbottom Parish Hall. Slipperbottom prevailed 1-0.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Dubya, I insinister there`s nothing to worry about. Stay cool. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • What about the performances at Dereham ? I was expecting City to spank them and the result does not reflect that at all. So how did we do ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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