Norwich City chief Neil Adams rues one lapse of concentration against Bournemouth; plus no bids for Gary Hooper

Lewis Grabban powers home Nathan Redmond's cross in Norwich City's 1-1 Championship draw against Bournemouth. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Lewis Grabban powers home Nathan Redmond's cross in Norwich City's 1-1 Championship draw against Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 30, 2014
5:59 PM

Neil Adams admitted Norwich City paid a heavy price for one lapse of concentration in a 1-1 Championship home draw against Bournemouth.

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Lewis Grabban’s fifth in five games since his move from the south coast had put City in control, but Callum Wilson underlined why he was pursued by the Canaries with a close range finish in the final seconds of the opening period.

Wilson pounced after Adams’ side were cut open down their left flank and the nature of the late concession before the interval irked the City manager.

“That was a bit of a blow for us because you feel if you get to 1-0 at the break the next goal for us probably wins it,” he said. “Javi (Garrido) just got dragged out of possession and Nathan (Redmond) has let his man go behind him and they scored. That was the only time we got cut open. You could see the problem developing and that was a blow for us at half-time.

“We probably dominated the second half in terms of territory. The game was played mostly in their part of the pitch and I felt the goal would come. We wanted three points, we have to settle for one and overall it was probably a fair result.

“They are a good team, possession is the name of the game for them, but we switched off once and got punished right at the death of the first half.”

City’s latest signings Conor McGrandles and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe were presented to the home fans prior to the game. Adams confirmed afterwards he is still in the market for defensive reinforcements, but insisted there had been no firm bids for any of his players despite fevered speculation linking striker Gary Hooper with a Premier League exit ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

“They are just links, nothing more. If they come in then we will deal with it but we have had no bids for any of our players,” said Adams. “Hooper is one we need. He is one we do not want to go and if offers come in then, as and when, we will deal with that situation. It has to be right for us. We are in a fortunate position we don’t have to sell but when the money goes up to certain levels then business can happen. That applies to any player.”

46 comments

  • There is a saying in horse racing. never turn down a good offer for a horse. Tomorrow he could be lame and never run again. So City, don't turn down an offer of £9 Million for Redmond. Bite the hands off of Southamprton. Look at Poor old Snodgrass. Out for the season. Don't llok a gift horse in the mouth. OTBC.

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    dwoody7

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • 22 away games, 24 at home: We own Ipswich but thankfully don't have to live there.

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    atlanta canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Agreed, Lincs Canary: I have always felt that Hooper would be the best to partner Grabban. He holds uses and the ball well and have often seen him run wide and pull defenders with him to open up space. On top of which he has a strike record. Lafferty would be useful if and when we needed to change things round and wanted height in the box. Top that end he would be better deployed in a central position when used, where his presence and height would be best utilised. I do not see him being at his best played in a wide role. This all depends, of course, on whether Hooper stays. I am also encouraged by the Vadis signing which appears to be sound business. As would acceptance of any offer of around £9 to £10 million for Redmond because while he has explosive pace and more than a trick or two in his locker, he doesn't appear to have progressed in his ability to choose the right ball after he's opened up a defence. If he does go on to master this, then he will be truly the finished product. But it is a question of "if"

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • " Hitting the ground running " is all very well ( except regrettable in Sport-Journalism as another militaristic metaphor in a context where it should have no place ; " clearing lines " being another = something you did with a sharpened trench spade and a bag of grenades lobbed sequentially into the next traverse . Most unpleasant and completely inappropriate in football . ) But leaving the horrors of hand-to-hand combat in trench warfare aside , N C F C have made a good start to this season , which is nice . Not all THAT nice though , for the traditional Canary way is to start well , then fall way off form in January , with a relegation battle at Easter , and then win 2 and draw 1 of the last 3 games of the season to finish about 14th . I pray hard that this will be one of those rare seasons when we do much much better than that , but on bitter previous experience I fear another fizzle come April . As John Cleese said about being a fan , " It isn't the despair that gets you , I can cope with that ; - It's the HOPE that kills you ! "

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • MB ref Henri Lansbury his parents live just up the hill from us here so I hear a lot about him. Arsenal wanted too much for him which Forest coughed up. The other 'slight problem' is he is bi polar which is difficult for him. having said that he always scored goals and probably will do v us!!

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    Bogaz John

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Life is a cabaret and money makes the world go around. The trick is a decent place in the food chain and a quality season ticket ;-).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Nathan has lots of potential, he has a good attitude and blistering pace but as we all know, still needs some work on finishing and his overall reading of the game. If he gets this sorted he will be the complete package. I feel that keeping hold of players is vital but we also have to use them. I don't want to see him go but it would giv a bigger opportunity for the Murphy boys who are desperate for that chance. Given that, I think that McNally will take the money.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Sky are reporting that Southampton are offering 9m for redmond, thoughts? I would prefer him to stay, obviously, but for the board that's a mighty big carrot. Saying that we do have about 16 other midfielders in the squad to replace him ;-)

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • There are lies, damn lies and stats. Personally I prefer half-truths and I think promotion play-offs need to be taken into account.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Don't look at this points lost but part of a learning exercise for NA and the board. We need to keep Hooper to maintain our striking options so close the door on the speculation and we need more quality at the back if not teams like Forest will cut us open!! Vadis is a good signing saw him playing for Bruges in Antwerp and he looked useful, midfield is well covered with Howson and O'Neil in the wings. As far as I am concerned let Surman go and if Bassong is not pulling his weight ship him out.OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • You`ve caught "the likes of" disease, Canarygirl! I`m not downhearted. We`ve hit the ground running at the end of the day, in the greater scheme of things. Let`s hope it`s an ongoing situation with light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • No, it has been decreed that we play 21 away and therefore 25 at home. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Whilst we didn't apparently play very well yesterday, it was so lovely hearing Michael Bailey comment that Norwich were, at times, playing glorious football. Passing accurately, creating chances and generally millions percent better than the Hoots era. Yes the team will have days when they are not up to scratch but boy are we going in the right direction! Adams is doing a terrific job. And with new signings to be settled, we will have a squad that is capable of getting us back to the PL. For goodness sakes guys, look at the bigger picture and don't just concentrate on the immediate. We are 4th with 10 points and 3 points off top spot. And believe you me, the likes of Forest won't be winning all of their games. So keep calm and enjoy this big transformation. After all we are still a work in progress. Upwards and onwards otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • LincsCan; Forest did well to get Henri Lansbury on board, too. I was surprised Lambo didn`t hold on to him, but perhaps funds were not forthcoming. Good player, and not a Billybigboots like David Bentley. I think I read somewhere that DB is no longer in pro football. Anybody know? An elderly gentleman living locally is a diehard Forest fan (and past "admirer" of Calderwood...). He`s insufferably triumphalistic at the moment. Many a slip `twixt cup and lip... but they do look good. I amused this old fella once by creating an anagram of Notts County. It was a bit rude...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Alan Clark is having a laugh. 24 teams, we don't play ourselves and so 23 games home and 23 games away.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • There were 45 minutes left when rueing began so that left plenty of time to score a second goal hence delivering an unrueful result. The fact that did not happen highlights a concern we are too reliant on Grabban. That could be remedied if Hooper commits before the window slams shut. If he goes then we would probably need to do a loan deal with a PL club. I think Forest, even now, look a strong bet for automatic. They have two form strikers, Psycho driving them on, and pots of money. We are not far off, but far off enough to merely be one of the pursuing pack. On the stats MB, yes, AC was probably harking back to the days of 42 games a season that kicked off at 3pm on Saturdays.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • True, malaga. Adams has some options on the back-burner; Howson when he`s fit, O`Neil and VOO. It`s the defence that concerns me. Like Trevor Keith, I don`t think Martin looks the part at CB nor Whittaker at RB. We have Cuellar and Olsson soon to return, but we could do with a specialist CB, now Ryan Bennett`s out. Allowing for full recovery and regaining fitness, I doubt we`ll see him before the turn of the year, by which time about 20 games will have gone by. That`s very nearly half a season-full, as alan clark or Tony Hanc0ck might say! Like you, I`m not at all downhearted. At least we`ve "hit the ground running". (Another juicy little cliché for BoF to `rue minate` on ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • I agree with Malaga that there is no reason to be down-hearted but kudos to Eddie Howe, he had a good plan, he put 5 in modified and just edged us on possession an in the second half they sat on Wes to cut down our plays. Despite having only one up-front, they still managed to get him loose to score and Neil is being a little optimistic by saying that it was the only lapse. However I think that Turner was very solid and is not afraid to impose himself. I think that Whittaker was compromising Redmond's main weapon, speed, by trying to overlap rather than looking for a wall-pass. Lafferty was off the pace a bit today but still put in a solid shift helping out at the back as well as his day job. Looking forward to getting Vadis in the mid-field, he looks like a solid citizen.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • I would give credit where it is due and that is to Bournemouth whose crisp and accurate pass and movement game turned our defence time and again. They reminded me of Celta Vigo here, who also made us chase the ball all over the pitch for long periods. They will beat a lot of teams in this division if they continue to play at that level. However the sheer physicality and grind of a long Championship season may have its toll on Bourneouth in the end, especially if they don't have enough quality in depth. Overall it was actually a game which we could have lost so a draw wasn't such a bad result. As to why Redmond, having laid on the goal with a classic pullback from the byline, should then have gone roaming onto the left wing, I don't know. Usually that happens when a winger can't get the better of his marker. But in Redmond's case he had the edge over their left fullback. If it was tactical it didn't work. On individual performances, while Hoolahan worked tirelessly and ran miles, he still tends to overplay when he has the ball, turning back on himself and finding he has to beat the same man twice. He is a good creative player but I wish he would sometimes dwell on the ball less. I look forward to us having a settled squad and some key players such as Howson back from injury. I hear that the new recruit from the Belgium league looks a strong, box to box, player who will give us other options. So I am in no way downhearted at yesterday's result.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Thanks for explaining alan clark`s arithmetic, LincsCan. Were there only 22 teams in The Champ in the `old days`? Perhaps that`s where ac`s numbers came from. Not sure if I`m worried about the prospect of Hooper leaving or not. Certainly, it would be a good idea that any malcontents clear off. I have no reason to suppose Hooper is one of those `bad apples`, but we`ll only know what is to happen when it happens.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • With remy being reportedly chased by ar enal and Chelsea I still think our good friend arry might well steam in for hooper at the 11th hour. Fingers crossed he doesn't.

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • It is disconcerting to hear Adams speaking of one lapse of concentration. Unfortunately he seems happy with our current defence and they have only made one mistake, inferring that otherwise they were good. Sorry Mr.Adams but our defence is very ordinary and look insecure.at the slightest hint of pressure. You must get another central defender before Monday night.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Perhaps I should qualify that "4 additional home games". It is an additional 4 set against 21 away. However, compared to 23 home\23 away it is 2 more at home, 2 less away. As Sir Alex might have said, "Stats, eh, bluddy hull."

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Agree with your stat MB that 50% played away, hence 50% of 46 = 23. Alan C however uses a more complex formula which arrives at a figure of 21 away and if the rest of the league is happy with that I am sure we can accommodate the need to complete 46 matches by playing 4 additional home games (preferably not against Fulham).

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Shame , I had us down as probably ( just ) winning this one 2:1 but they never got the Goal in the second half . Oh well , cant grumble really , five games and 10 points . Hope we can re-galvanise the squad for the two away games that are up next after the break AND that none of our people get crocked in the internationals .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • OMG.. not the "rueing" again... Look where that got City last time. Please, Pretty please Archant, stop your reporters from using that word, it has bad associations for the team. The Manager was annoyed, Teed off, Peed off, any thing but Rued.

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    canuk

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Bournmouth are a good side but we let them off the hook just before half time. I didn't think Lafferty did much and certainly would prefer Josh on the left. My concern remains Martin at no five; he just isn't adequate in that position particularly partnering Turner. Where was Nathan Redmond meant to be playing? Our goal came from him going round the fullback and putting in a great cross. I think it even surprise him as he didn't seem interested in trying it again. Redmond is a great right winger but when he tries to come inside and shoot with his left, sorry but he simply cannot do it. Still not enough players in the box. If you play one striker then the midfield have to get in and support the front man. They don't do it.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • I did see the game today. Lafferty isn't playing as a striker. He is playing wide midfield: left & right interchanging with Redmond. He is working very hard for the team and causing problems when he picks up the ball and runs with it. Today was not as good as Watford and Blackburn but you could say that about everyone. I think we need to recognise that Bournemouth came and did an excellent job as the away side. All credit to them. We are unbeaten in five counting the cup but we won't win every game. Still look keen to create going forward and Grabban now has five in five. Who wouldn't have taken that when we signed him. New signings can only add to the optimism. I, for one, am still feeling very positive despite today's minor setback.

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    SplatTheCat

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Sell that fat overweight journey man Hooper as fast as possible. He has no heart or commitment in the City squad. A journeyman and a bad apple should be gone. That goes for Bassong too. Get rid of the bad apples.

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    JDeehan

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Dubya..mixed signals..'Nobody is not for sale'!?!Couldn't resist..

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    Gruff

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • One lapse of concentration, 'bollards', every team in every game has a lapse of concentration. That didn't stop us scoring more goals and winning the game. Starting to think NA has been on a politician's course, please NO.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Surrey, I have to agree with you. Lafferty did very little today. Prefer him on the wing than down the middle but then is he better than murphy on the wing? Early days though as I don't think that we've seen the best of him yet? I hope we haven't anyway!

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    baguio

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • 'only time we got cut open' - one chance and one goal. That's what's still missing with NCFC. And taking chances has to happen a) to get promotion and b) to have any chance of surviving in the PL if we get promoted. Didn't see the game - anyone any thoughts on Lafferty? Can we afford to carry a non goal scoring striker?

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • 1 mistake and out come the "Sneer tutting" Brigade (opposite to the happy clappy brigade)... 1 lapse just before the break,does not constitute a return to the Hoots era.. Thought there would be more s..trolls on here tonight...

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    alan clark

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • All credit to the Bournemouth manager, he got his tactics right and his side outfought us in midfield. They never gave us time to settle on the ball and playing Martin once again as a centre back gifted them the equaliser. He should have started at right back with Whittaker at left back, Carlos Cuellar may not yet be match fit but he looked far better as a left sided centre back last Tuesday and is capable of playing a decent pass out of defence, something neither Turner or Martin are able to do. He is also more than comfortable running out of defence with the ball as well and must be in the team next game. A mistake to take Redmond off and then switch Wes to the left wing in a 4, 4, 2 as he simply will not stay in position. Wes had played well enough in the first half but they marked him out of the game after the break, so I think he should have come off. Redmond played a peach of a pass for our goal when playing on the right hand side, so why keep switching him to the left where he looks so uncomfortable, hence the mistake for their goal, but Martin was left marking space once again rather than the player.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • These lapses in concentration were a hallmark of the Hughton era, especially before half time. Same players, same mistakes. I am not optimistic things have improved much defensively

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Like others, it does worry me all this talk about selling if the money is right. It seems to close to deadline day now to be selling anything but un-needed players. We need to just say no. The only real exception should be if they offer a decent swap. Then again, maybe that's the idea.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • early days. norwich will not win every time.

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Little worried when NA says that goes for any player,as that could mean exceptionable bids for all our players on deadline may leave us in a blackpool type situation.Unlikely but please just say NO like Blackburn have..By the way MB iI think the formula for calculating the percentage of matches not being played at home is..42 x ^4-x^2-1+11x2-1=21

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    alan clark

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • " We are in a fortunate position we don’t have to sell but when the money goes up to certain levels then business can happen"... Then dont sell him...Just seems to be the same avenue as all our sales this year..Injury then sell if the price is right..although we dont need to sell right...not with all these parachute payments

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Long time, no see, wisemanthree. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • You beat me to it, Timbo! You Pap!st fiend, already. I was so looking forward to using my rue barb stick on Divot. I admit to being confused by Dubya`s double negative, `cos there is no chance it might not have been deliberate. After the International Injury Break Crisis, we need become a genuine threat away from Fortress Carra. I believe 50.0000% of league games are played away from home. A statistic I`d hope LincsCan would confirm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Disappointing, but the thing to keep in mind is that this is a points-based sport. Yes some will be considering this as 2 points dropped, but we won't know until the end of the season whether it was 2 points dropped or 1 point gained. That 1 point might be the difference between us beating another team to automatic promotion, or even us pipping another team to the playoff spots.

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • This sends out mixed signals......'We are in a fortunate position we don’t have to sell but when the money goes up to certain levels then business can happen. That applies to any player.” For goodness sake, show some ambition here ! We can't be bu@@@ring about at transfer deadline trying to find last minute replacements for people like Hooper. Just say 'nobody is not for sale, at any price' and be done with it ! Priority has to getting out of this league not selling good players at the last minute. Today was a reality check after 4 wins, we are still not the finished article and getting out of the Chump is not easy . Two valuable points lost today, hence the need to sharpen up !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • You're always looking for more points and people will say that this is 2 points dropped. BUT - 10 points from 5 games, including an away win at Portaloo Rd, one cup win behind us and a winnable one coming up, I'd have taken that at the start of the season. Now Neil has 2 weeks to settle in the new players although some players will be away on international duty. We've got a good squad. It's all looking good.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Oh No ! We're "rueing" AGAIN !!!!!!!

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

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