Norwich City boss Neil Adams warns his players they must react against Chelsea

Norwich manager Neil Adams did not feel let down by his players' collapse at Manchester United. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams did not feel let down by his players' collapse at Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
1:29 PM

Neil Adams did not feel let down by Norwich City’s collapse at Manchester United but the Canaries’ chief insists his players must respond for the Premier League finale.

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City will potentially need points from Chelsea and Arsenal and rely on a stumble from Sunderland to stand any chance of completing a great escape after slipping into the bottom three on goal difference over the weekend.

Norwich survived for 40 minutes at Old Trafford before conceding four goals either side of the interval in an eighth consecutive away league defeat.

“I wouldn’t say let down by them. They have been fantastic from day one for me,” said Adams. “They haven’t let anybody down. It is simply a case that we have to do things better than we did in that second half performance which wasn’t good enough. Players have to look at themselves. They need to motivate themselves and first and foremost they have to look in the mirror. They were fantastic at Fulham and Liverpool and we have seen enough in a short period of time to feel we have enough in the changing room. It is alright saying that, we have to deliver. We allowed a good Man United team too many opportunities to hurt us and they did.

“The disappointing thing is after the first 40 minutes if you can get in at half-time 0-0 then we can have a look at it. To go in 1-0 down is tough but it was always going to be a really difficult after that second goal.”

Adams insists Norwich can only focus on Chelsea and Arsenal after a third loss since he replaced Chris Hughton.

“What is done is done. It’s a two game season,” he said. “We have to be ready and we will pick the players up and they have to pick themselves up. Let’s give a good account of ourselves. We can’t beat ourselves up and think we are in big trouble, but we know this is a tough situation. We have two games we are capable of getting something, albeit that is hard to say after the second half performance (at United). We will be right for the next game and the one after that. It is not in our hands but we have to pick up points to stay in this division. It is as simple as that.”

50 comments

  • the clear out needs to start at Board level, too many wasters there who know nothing about football

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Why are we so keen to see NCFC stay up when the players just dont cut the mustard? Surely its just a form of self torture? I love the club but right now I just feel for the short term that we would be better off in the championship where we are pitched against sides similar in talent and ability as us? To believe that this current team are EPL standard is daft to say the least and will only lead to more heartache and stress next season. So, lets relax, play the last two games as best as possible. If we win then great, if not then lets console ourselves that at least we can be in with a chance of doing better in a division next year, oh, and of course the local derby is something to look forward to...

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Type in search "HITC Sport Sunderland". Follow the link and you can sign an organised petition requesting the Premier League to reconsider their decision not to deduct points on the basis other clubs have been deducted 3 points for same offence as Sunderland's. (And no, I haven't forgotten my reasoned view of the topic in earlier post, I am simply desperate.)

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I understand Adams needing a reaction. But we are down Neil, you know it, the board hopefully know it and us fans knew it a long time ago. Our failure to score has determined our situation, Sunderland and Norwich both conceded similiar goals but they have scored about 12 more, hence the GD. Chelsea unfortunately will beat us probably 3 to 4 - 1, they always play well against us and win, we can get 3 points against Arsenal but thats not enough. Our players have no confidence as a team anymore, no leader and no vision. We deserve to go down, and to be fair an injustice if somehow we stay up as we certainly dont deserve that. I agree with other fans here, a clean out is required, new manager and new coaching staff....

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    Robin Sydney

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • There are several player who have really not fulfilled their potential this season due to poor man management. Redmond, Fer, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Bassong are all capable of a lot more than they have achieved.. but they have all needed a blend of encouragement and discipline that has been sadly lacking... as a result our strikers have had less good quality service then they have needed to get their confidence up and as a result they have all severely underperformed... Leroy Fer is our best player in my opinion but he has been allowed to become lazy, Redmond has not been taught how to think properly on the ball, Pilkington and Hoolahan have been allowed to become angry and to feel neglected and unwanted (Becchio too) and Bassong has been given too many chances instead a bit of short sharp discipline for lack of focus.... it is for these reasons I am most angry with Hughton's legacy.

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    jops

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Nearly all players have clauses that mean their pay will decrease should we be relegated. That does not mean suddenly they are on average Championship player wages though. Usually this is 10%,15% or 20% drop. It puts players off a lot of the time but most clubs adopt this approach (unless you are QPR where the only way you attrack their sort of players is through insane wages and the promise they wont get a reduced wage if relegated).

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Forget the points deduction for Sunderland it aint going to happen, the players have to deliver - SIMPLES

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    JB

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Mr Adams stop the waffle. Tell the truth. We are going down because we have a rubbish team. Full stop.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Were we not informed that the players contracts had a clause where their pay would be adjusted for life in the championship, therefore if i am correct the board should be aware of the budget costs for those we want to keep already for next season

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    JB

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Spot on, kenfoggo! Bad decisions were made during our tenure on the Prem, both in terms of the choice of manager and then in the recruitment of players. Some of them think they are stars, act like them but when they get onto the pitch they are found to be nothing of the sort. I don't know who would want to buy some of them but fact is, as you say, we can't afford to retain them. That way lies financial disaster. One of the few positives to take from our latest forray into the top flight has been to get us debt-free and financially stable. That cannot be allowed to change. We may, however, be left with a problem of players on inflated wages who nobody will want. It has happened before and it is this kind of thing that has plunged other clubs' finances into the red in the past. However the Board must move on, must accept its mistakes and I suggest admit them but then move on and learn from them. They must apply due diligence and look for the right man to manage the team and then they must collectively pick and choose a squad of players who would be committed to the club and proud to wear the shirt. A mixture of seasoned professionals and some more dynamic youngsters looking to make a name for themselves - and that includes the best 2 or 3 of our youth set up who need to be given a chance now to develop.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Lincs Canary is correct ref that issue. Technically their player anyway rather than playing someone elses and gaining an advantage etc. They were punished within the rules. Desperado that we are even debating this as a way of saving ourselves. We couldnt do the job ourselves, we couldnt even count on others to be worse. Now were looking to stay up on technicalities. oh dear

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I think it is indisputable that the Club is in a mess. We are relegated. For reasons which are a legacy from the previous inept Manager we are encumbered with an expensive squad of players who have consistently failed to perform on the pitch. They are too expensive to retain in the Championship and who would want to keep a failing squad together anyway? So a cull is required. A BIG one.The real mess is that ,as yet, we have no plan in place for the coming challenge. A Manager for next season must be identified and in place to make the changes required in time for the start of next season. I realise that the corpse of Norwich City is still twitching in the Premier, but we have a Board responsible for looking further ahead than the next two games. The Board have a history of being slow to act, I hope that some kind of lesson has been learnt and they act in a prudent and timely manner to ensure we have taken the necessary drastic action required before the start of next season.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Re this issue about Sunderland and the ineligible player. The player in question was one of their own who returned from a loan spell in Germany. He then played 5 PL games before international clearance was obtained. The get out clause is that FA rules state failure to obtain international clearance does not automatically result in a points deduction. Regarding AFC Wimbledon who were deducted 3 points, theirs was technically a different breach of registration rule. The ineligible player in question scored in a 4-3 win and in accordance with the rules they lost the points gained in that match. If they had lost the game there would have been no points deduction. Not saying it makes sense but Sunderland were punished within the rules.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • JB - in that case there won't be many left then! Very few of our squad have shown the right level of effort and commitment. Regarding Neil Adams, he was unfairly thrust into the manager's role because the Board acted months too late. The right decision was made at the wrong time.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Memo to Neil Adams : play Carlton Morris ,and Josh Murphy from the start in next two games. Give them a taste of the prem, and show RVW Elmander et al how to play with a bit of passion

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Re Tom the Taxi point about points off for fielding a player ' not signed up correctly' , quite right. Was not a certain league one team deducted points this .hey won when the ineligible one played

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • You cannot blame NA for these performances, the attitude of some of our players stink. NA is a club man so would always help out where asked. I am sure he would have preferred to still be working with the youth team and that our position in the the PL was safe. There needs to be a thorough clear out of the wasters and if the cap fit with the board then they should wear it as well. Keep those that have put a shift in, don't let the obvious go elsewhere and they should form the nucleus of the team that has to get us back up. Under what stewardship who knows, we should ask Stephen Fry to debate it in QI and see what he comes up with.

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    JB

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • NA was given a task and he couldnt do it. It was obviously beyond him; perhaps beyond anyone. But no one, to my knowledge, ever hailed him as a messiah. Had he succeeded he would have been a messiah. But he has failed so he is not. We can't criticise him but we will have to judge him. We will have to decide whether he is to continue as manager or not.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Norwich are doomed because even if you win both you still go down as your goal difference is 12 goals worse then sunderland and all they have to do is beat west brom and swansea at home and swansea and aston villa beat hull then Norwich are gone i hope Norwich stay up but looking at that man utd game you were poor and can you honestly see Norwich beating chesea the way they beat Liverpool

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    Steven Collins

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Why isn't McNally insisting that Sunderland are deducted points for playing an illegible player earlier in the season? Any port in a storm !!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow, we could finish up like Portsmouth, only difference we have money, but not the players, I don't need to go for a walk and calm down, its common sense, it could happen

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Well even I thought it would be longer than a week before we had the Norwich faithful turn on the newly appointed and heralded Neil Adams. Was n't it just last week before the Manchester game that we were being told by all that Adams was the new messiah.Well who ever said the Norwich fans were fickle!!!

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    What a Hoot

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • ctrl C and then ctrl V. Now even I can apply for a job either as a manager or a player.

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    citycanary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Wish I could find something to be optimistic about going into the final two games. But it is hard to see how we can all of a sudden as if by magic turn things round. Our form is dire. We can't score goals and the team (except for one or two individuals) appears to have no stomach for the fight and is fragile beyond belief. On top of which of course we are facing two teams battling for the title or at least a CL place. We also start too slowly and have only one goal in mind - to keep the opponents out even if that means booting the ball anywhere and everywhere as we did on Sunday. Can the team find within itself the strength and determination to play for two halves like they did in the second against Liverpool? If only they could we may at last go down fighting. Suspect a lot of what you say Michigan is an accurate summary. We just look a busted flush.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I have a deja moo feelling i have heard or read this stuff before. Maybe getting a psycologist in to instill a winning mentality would help but probably too late now. OTBC

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    FXT Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I do believe that this bunch of players have not been held accountable all season under Hughton, and therefore have not worked hard or put in the necessary effort throughout the season. As a result now they need to put in a full performance they are not capable any longer. Some of the passing is woeful. There needs to be big changes over the summer, as this squad will not hold their own in the Championship. One good example is Redmond - he was a potential big star when he started here. Now he is just one of a poor squad. It is all a result of no accountability at player, manager and board level throughout the season.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Please Archant what am I saying that displeases you so much that my posts rarely appear.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I don't blame Adams and the team haven't let him down. The players are just not good enough. All the top teams are already preparing for next season and going after players they want to strengthen their squads but I expect as usual City will be left with the scraps hoping to get a bargain. Unfortunately it doesn't work like that, you have to get in quick with a decent pot of money so thats going to be the usual left overs for City then. I'll be amazed if they sign any exceptional players, they will be late to the party as usual.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • agree LYB. Odd people have suddenly change in opinion of Adams. Im still looking at it with an open mind. I wont proclaim him the messiah, but I wont dismiss him as a manager either due to the impossible task put before him. Man Utd was always going to go that way. The appointment of Giggs was always going to lead to that sort of reaction after a depressing time under Moyes, regardless whether hes any good in the long run. In the Fulham & Liverpool games which I saw live we certainly looked better than we have under Hughton in the sense that we created clear cut chances in the penalty area. We were no worse defensively either with the same mistakes being made, so I fail to buy the "Hughton would've parked the bus and got results" rubbish as i've seen enough away games to know we would've turned up at Fulham and got rolled over while losing by more than 4 against Utd. Get comfy with relegation and the pain doesn't go but it gets a little easier. I accepted it a while back and will ill still go week in week out and sing my heart out its going to literally take a miracle to save us now. Appears a matter of time time our rivals play teams on the beach and pick up easy gifted 3pts like we did last year against WBA.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • A sensible comment LYB; amongst some who appear to have lost their heads. Derek McDonald....to compare our situation with Portsmouth is nothing but ridiculous - seriously, go for a walk and calm yourself down. As for all you others, yes its almost mission impossible, but try getting behind the team and the manager instead of criticising each and every word that is alleged to have been said. Its not over yet, and you just never know.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I am one of the few that still believe we can escape the relegation trap door. no team is invincable in this league and all the top teams have been beaten by lower league sides this year. We are capable of beating both Chelsea and Arsenal but we need 100% commitment and 100% concentration in both games. I still say I would have sacked CH at the end of the year and not when we did because when a big result and performance was needed then the players gave it to him. Look at the last two games of last season. Oh what I would give for two performances like that again. Are the players behind Adams as much as they were with CH when the must win games come around. Lets see. And before anyone jumps on me for saying CH should still be in charge, I do not care because he should but only till the end of the season because I just dont think Adams has enough personality to motivate what is essentially another managers players

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    GPL

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Same old----same old

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • The change in manager at Man U contributed to their uncertainty. It was a high pressure situation where they didn't really have any idea what to expect of the opposition. Difficult scenario to deal with at the best of times.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • It's Redknapp, not Rednapp silly me, sorry Jamie.

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • I don't regularly travel to away games but have been to a few and the commitment shown by some of the players at Manchester was well below the standard set in the two previous games. I expected us to get into their faces and really knock them out of their stride as they were very poor in the opening stages but we just stood off and allowed them to get their confidence back. We in the away section were making more noise than their 60 odd thousand and IF only we could've manned up against them then the crowd wouldn't have woken up to give them their vocal backing. Digressing, I noticed Jamie Rednapp the pundit who forecast at the start of the season we would be relegated was saying that all hope is not lost and we still have two games to pull back from the abyss instead of " I told you so" probably saving it till after Sunday.

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • DerekM, there are no parallels with Pompey. They spent money they didn't have and didn't have any control over their finances. We are in a decent financial position at last and need to keep it that way, even if that includes a few seasons in the championship. I'd rather see us rebuild under Adams with the inclusion of several of the youth team.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Of course we all know we are down. What do you expect NA to say if asked the question. "Nah We are rubbish and will lose the two games that are left". Clueless!!!

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    sharky

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Look at Portsmouth, do we want to take that route, because we will if the PLAYERS don't pull there socks up

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Adams should be raging mad about his players surrender,again, against Utd.,When is somebody in charge at City going to face up to useless bunch of players.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • While Sunderland and Fulham are putting up a fight we seem to be drifting aimlessly down the plughole into the Championship. Where's the spirit to survive? Hoped for better from Adams but he seems to be Hughton Mark 2. Maybe it was just too late to change the mentality of a team too used to losing

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    Andrew H

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • La Barbe you would hope so but I doubt it. I think that they don't even know who will manage the club next season.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Spot on La Barbe and a decent target man should be the first on the list.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Spot on La Barbe, we need to be ahead of the recruitment game for a change rather than constantly leaving it too late. By now the scouts should have identified multiple players required for almost every position, including a replacement keeper should Ruddy jump ship. A half decent target man should have been identified 12 months or more back, and it is inexcusable that the club failed to bring at least one in last summer let alone during the New Year transfer window. Just what are they doing for their money I wonder, if RVW is a testament to their skills then they are in the wrong job.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Let's face it, we are down. Having realised that, I hope that the CEO and Board are already working their socks off behind the scenes to prepare for next season. They need to have all plans in place ASAP to be first out of the blocks in the transfer market for players both in and out of the club. If they are not ready we will dither and fail again next season.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • All words to me. I think all Norwich City fans are fed up with the current team just not playing consistently well as well as not even being able to score one perfect goal. Neil Adams is fine but the players are not and If they think they are truly worthy of the premier league then they will score goals and work as hard as they did against Liverpool. That is the Norwich that we should have every week. But the sacking of Chris Hughton came too late despite most of the fans wanting him gone and now we are paying the price for a poorly quality team under created under Chris Hughton. I will need to see play like that of the Liverpool Match and a win of 2 goals or more to restore my confidence in the club.

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    norwichlad23

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Somehow I think I've read this story before...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • All that has changed after appointing Adams far too late is we have a new voice repeating the old script. We know what's coming at Chelsea. Please let it end.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Totally agree Malaga.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Here we go again. Another mid week outburst of fine words only to be followed by another collapse at the weekend. Expect nothing better than the previous away form.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Not sure many of the loyal travelling fans who went to Old trafford on Sunday would see it that way!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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