Norwich City chief Neil Adams roars bring on Ipswich Town after 3-1 Blackburn win

Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson leads the celebrations after his goal in the 3-1 win over Blackburn. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson leads the celebrations after his goal in the 3-1 win over Blackburn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
11:06 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams roared ‘bring on the derby’ after the Canaries’ hit back to beat Blackburn 3-1 in Tuesday night’s breathless Championship tussle at Carrow Road.

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Lewis Grabban’s brace and Bradley Johnson’s superb lob cancelled out Tom Cairney’s first minute opener for Rovers to seal back-to-back home league wins to warm up for Saturday’s cross-border trip to bitter rivals Ipswich.

“We knew it was just around the corner but the total focus had to be on Blackburn,” said Adams. “It is a big game, a huge game. I have played in many and watched many and I know what it means to the supporters of both clubs. It is massive and to be going into it on the back of two wins all I would say is ‘bring it on’. We can’t wait.”

Adams would not be drawn on whether City could travel to Portman Road with two new faces in his squad. Carlos Cuellar was at Carrow Road on Tuesday night while the club have reportedly agreed a fee for Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome.

Leroy Fer’s pending move to QPR was also off the agenda for the Norwich boss, with the club believed to have negotiated a deal that could be worth £10m after the Dutchman travelled to London to undergo a medical.

“I’m not going to speak about any transfers in or out of the club. I only want to talk about the game,” said Adams. “I am learning this side of the game very quickly. You can say one or two things and they flare up and you have an issue on your hands. I know the speculation that is out there but until we have anything concrete in or out I won’t comment.

“I was absolutely delighted. I thought it was a fantastic performance from the players. I was critical of the first 15 minutes, where we knew Blackburn would play a certain style up to the big lads and we didn’t work on it well enough. That applies to every part of the side, from the strikers through the midfield and the lads at the back.

“They scored a wonder goal but after those first 15 minutes I felt we were tremendous. We looked fit right to the end, we were a threat, we had goals in us and we scored from midfield as well as the strikers. After those opening 15 minutes we looked solid enough and our ball retention was good.”

41 comments

  • Call it naivety, but I`m surprised Victor meldrew got that `bite on the bum` comment through Archie`s backward defensive. Especially in connection with a Director\Saint-elect of NCFC. Now we have VictorM and Victor meldrew to enhance the ambiguity of Mellow_Yellow and MellowYellow. Bring on a few more multiple identity posters and the message boards will be back to abnormal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Nice to see a couple of good wins on the board also a fair tally of goals to go with them however I would like to see NA stamp his feet when the board are selling his best players they showed extreme naivity clinging on to the hoot (he still hasn't got a job surprise surprise ) and given the fact that our best chance of going back up is this season I would have thought we needed all of our prize assets selling them will surely blunt our cutting edge and we will become just become another average team in a division we want to dominate Think carefully Delia it could come back to bite you in the bum

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    Victor meldrew

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Thanks guys, much appreciated but dingo, only good? Hmmmph I must try harder :)

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • It is refreshing to see the enthusiastic joy on the players faces when they score goals this season. Keep it up.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • You didn`t go to Maudlin College, did you, dingo? ;-) Nah, can`t be so; you would have had the tripos... Garde ta foy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Cutty:listen to Maudlin of the Well. It'll blow yer lugs orf.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Good grief Cutty! Thou art truly the unrivalled master of the humble cliche. Thought for one knee trembling moment that you were about to give us your Henry V......."Once more unto the breach dear friends" etc. ( possibly appropriate given Saturday). No danger that the BA (Hons) is in English Literature then. PS take more water with it in future or who knows, an epic poem may pour forth next time NCFC score three!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • As we claw our way free from CH's tunnel of despair; we can glimpse through tear rimmed eyes the sun lit uplands where on is played the noble game we love so dear; unfurl the yellow and green banner my boys; for now cometh the time of joys; victory is within our grasp; Neil is proving to be the man for the task! Cr'p poetry I know but when I've had a couple of celebration whiskies I get all maudlin.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • @lordbesty: Your posts are good. I am pretty sure SO is Archie bait and that's why I rise to it. Happy days just now!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Yes, lordbesty; Adams doesn`t come across as a "roary" sort of chap. The forgotten manager was mentioned in early despatches when Pulis quit Crystal Palace, but not for long. National press has Malky as favourite, with Hoddle and Jol also mentioned. Ref. S|O; he does not rile me. Iritates, maybe. In a gnatty kinda way. Perhaps you haven`t witnessed\noticed his more serious abuses? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I agree with the other comments on the photo, such passion and joy, fantastic. I'm also really glad steady on is back posting. It's so funny the way heshe riles some of you others. Did Neil really ROAR when he said that? I'd liked to have seen it mgm style. Sat can't come quick enough, coming from a goal behind was almost as good as the win. That would not of happened under that other bloke, I've forgotten his name already. Funny how he's not really been mentioned for any vacant managers jobs, guess folks have cottoned on at last.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Redmond is still young. Adams knows how to deal with young players. If he can`t put the finishing touches to him, nobody can. But I think, in terms of final product and general awareness, Josh is at least level with him, probably a bit ahead. Off topic; Bradders has a lot of scaffolding on his standing leg. Looks a bit like Oscar Pistorius without the springy bits.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • One thing you can be sure of from last night is that under CH we would have been lucky to have come out of it with a 1-1 draw. Oh how brilliant it is to see Wes, Bradders, Tetty and all the team smiling and working for each other. Yes there were some alarming moments but, hey isn't it what makes us watch this game and, with flowing football from our beloved Canaries. Long may it continue. Well done Neil and everybody. OTBC.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Two good victories in a row, hope we can see an improvement in away performance. I'd settle for a draw with good performance Saturday as that keeps the progress going. The line up should be good enough to deal with this league that is why the Wolves performance was so bad. Hopefully we've moved on.

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • A very exciting game last night against a very good Blackburn side. It was by no means a one way game but the team stuck with it and got the result that counts so a pat on the back for all players involved. Our attacking formation is working well but the defence looked to be struggling first half, so much better second half with Bennett alongside Turner. In defence of Redmond, I think he was once again played on the wrong side and that baffled me, as Lafferty looked comfortable on the left last Saturday. Likewise young Josh showed that he is rightly in the mix for a place in the team and I am sure NA will slowly bring him into the team, then we will have another star on our hands.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Would also start Redmond with Murphy to come on later. Happy to see R Bennett back in too. Again not the finished article but a key season for him to grow.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Redmond may not be quite there as far as finishing is concerned, but he needs to keep trying to get there. In the meantime, it appears we have plenty of other routes to goal and it's clear his heart's in it and he's creating problems for the opposition, so support the lad for goodness sake.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I think that NA is building a good team and team spirit here. Would have like to see Murphy start next Tuesday and Loza get a decent run out too. These buys are our future and deserve a chance. If we can get a couple of early goals the Capital cup could be a great training ground for our youngsters this year in what is going to be a long season where the whole squad will surely be needed.

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    baguio

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • The board criticism is OTT full stop. Some people need something to lash out at. Norwich do their talking on the pitch, not in sky sports interviews taken out of context. Take note.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Comparisons with Chase era are unfair. At that time I feel there was little idea where the real state of finances were and precious little control. Delia et al rescued the club when it was in real danger of going under. Mistakes have been made since but never again must we spend beyond our limits. Sooner or later a decent sized club will hit the wall without a wealthy rescuer. That won't be us. The failing at the moment is in the communication. Very poor.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Agree with you reference Josh, Bogaz. Maybe Nathan needs a wake-up call and a bit of competition. NA will be well aware of young Murphy`s character and capabilities. Maybe that is the cunning plan - Neil brings on all his young stars, and we move forward to achieve great things with a `home-grown` squad!! Everybody`s happy. The Academy delivers. The Board can keep all their money safely locked away. Neil rewarded for his success - being accused by Hyacinth of `excessive patience`. Josh told he is `too young`. Happy ending: this time Hyacinth leaves. Then I woke up. Seriously though; encouraging signs at the football level of the Club - and that`s the important bit, isn`t it? Now it`s insulated a bit from Bowkettery by the Football Board. Hopefully. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • My only concern with starting Josh Saturday is the occasion. He is young and I'd hate to throw him into a situation he wasn't able to handle. Neil knows the players better and I'll trust his judgement on who plays. Josh had a great impact on the game last night though, he looks every bit a Norwich senior player to me!

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Let's be honest and say 6 goals and 6 points in 4 days is something we've been starved of lately so let's just enjoy the moment and Saturday's game too. Agree that Josh should start instead of Redmond. He is mature beyond his years and I'd hate to se HIM sold. Last night was the best I've felt about NCFC in ages so back off on NA and let him get on with his job.

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    Bogaz John

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • No confrontation needed today. we won, we deserved to win, we played excellent football and I can feel the ice cold hearts of the negative ones melting from here. It's a beautiful thing. OTBC and "Bring it on!" as Neil Adams says.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I think S|O is really Frau Farbissina from the Austin Powers movie. German\Yiddish dictionary may be needed...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • first 15 mins apart really good performance, like many have said. The atmosphere second half especially was awesome the best i can remember in ages, the players cant failed to have picked up on that. Now lets get a good result at Ipswich, every report i have read about their last two games tells of a "long Ball" style so Ryan Bennett must be a contender for a start was excellent when he came on.

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • So Obnoxious (steady on), you are the negative one! It's just you and Norwich City isn't it. LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE! I enjoy a two sided discussion, not just life according to 'steady on'.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • unlucky Dubai. Must be a real disappointment for you When Norwich win.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Great win last night but let's keep our feet on the ground. So far those mocking trolls have been absent on these sites. We don't need a trip up on Saturday to kick start that old tractor. Saturdays game is massive.....

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    JB

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Btw, photo of the season candidate. What joy. Those are players who want to play for this club. PC wallpaper material

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • That imaginary statement you apply to the board Dubai is not dissimilar to how things were in the Chase era. Eventually it caught up with us but not before we enjoyed some successful seasons.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Good that we got the result, that is the most important thing. Still a few concerns, who else will we sell off before the 'shooting season' is done - Ruddy, Hooper, Redmond ? What about Lafferty's fitness, by all accounts he was having some issues and probably should have been off at HT. I bet the board are rubbing their hands together today saying 'look, the more we sell, the more we save, the more we win' !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Great all-round team performance. After the first 10 to 15 minutes we dominated the game. Our energy levels, pressing game and our pass and movement when we had the ball was great to watch. We also played with width and pace and as a result we got the two important late goals, which gave us a richly deserved victory. Hard to vote a Man of the Match, but on balance I would give it to Tettey. He was great on and off the ball. He hardly put a foot wrong. He won most of his challenges, held the ball with composure and his passing was spot on. I am afraid, however, that Redmond still flatters to deceive, his pace not matched by the end product. Josh Murphy, when he came on, showed all the right attributes - pace plus an instinct to play the right ball at the right time. While I wish Fer well, I believe neither he nor Snodgrass nor Pilks will be greatly missed. If we continue to play the way we did tonight we are going to be a danger to every team in the league and will be feared by most at home. Finally, the fans played their part, giving the team huge support. Just shows how an atmosphere can build once the players on the pitch give them something to get excited about. And this team did just that tonight - what a tonic after the dire, defensive, depressing displays under Hughton last season!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Maybe Josh Murphy should start Saturday - he has been around long enough to understand the need to be fired up for the derby.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Brilliant atmosphere from the fans tonight .......... showed true determination to raise the players game .......... and how great was the sense of a night game in the second half, a crisp evening under the lights, positive football, bright yellow shirts adorning the slick Carrow Road pitch .......... and of course flashes of fluorescent boots ! OTBC - Bring It On !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Johnson is a new man this season. His passing`s not that bad when he has somebody to pass to! Very mature\unselfish of Josh to lay that ball to Grabban for the clincher. Good lad. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • A well deserved victory. What a difference Bennett made at centre back,when he came on at HT. NA cannot fail to see he has got to be in the line up from now on. He will surely get us goals from set pieces and dominate in the air defending.Martin lacks height and strength in a central position. Murphy is also ready for the first team.Redmond is going to have to quickly improve his final ball or lose his place.Murphy in his short spell looked a great prospect with his pace, control and passing. Well done Johnson,a tireless performance.His power and strength on the ball, will be crucial in this division.

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    AGT

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I think I am beginning to sense Lady Luck is smiling on us again , been away since Lambert left . We shall know after Saturday . But we HAVE to stop giving away these early goals , this must have been the 10th or 12th in the last two seasons , we really have to start playing at kick-off , not at 10 or 15 minutes into the game .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Love that picture - there will be downs as well as ups this season, but feels like we can score again, and where there are goals, there is hope - and moments like this.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Have some of that!!!

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Great result tonight..and nearly as important, a great performance. We all wish NA success..especially on Saturday! From his comments, maybe he's listening to us. No one begrudges players moving on..we just want some of the funds reinvested in our squad

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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