Norwich City must not be easy prey for Championship predators

Norwich City were hustled out of their stride in a 1-0 Championship loss at Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City were hustled out of their stride in a 1-0 Championship loss at Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams warns Norwich City must deal with being hunted prey in the Championship after an opening weekend 1-0 loss at newly-promoted Wolves.

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None of the relegated former Premier League trio mustered a win on their return to the second tier with Fulham beaten at Ipswich and Cardiff held to a point at Blackburn.

Adams had urged his squad to embrace the inevitable expectations surrounding Norwich on the eve of the trip to Molineux and defeat in the Black Country underlined his point.

“We have to be ready to handle that, along with the other two relegated teams, because no-one is just going to let us go back up. That is for sure,” he said. “We have to be mindful of that. We are under no illusions how tough it will be. There is a gap in quality from Championship to Premier League but don’t be fooled into thinking every team wants to play a direct, physical style. They don’t. I have looked at all the teams and some do but others want to play. Wolves being one of them. You have to be ready for that.

“We saw it in the Ipswich and Fulham game. Fulham probably had more of the ball but lost the game. Cardiff, Blackburn on Friday night was a similar type of style and a similar type of physical game.

“If you are not at, if things go against you, if you are not disciplined enough then you will get punished. The players are well aware of what they are going to be up against week in, week out and I know my players are going to give it a really good go.”

Adams insisted Kenny Jackett’s side had also proved they should no be discounted in the promotion shake-up.

“It is a tough league. You saw it with Wolves, who will be fine in this division,” he said. “We are one of the teams who have to make sure we go and impose ourselves on games. We are going to be tested with all sorts this season and we have to be ready and we have to match it. We need to win games, simple as that. You can take positives from performances but it is all about winning games. Those positives pale away to the result. You would take a poor result and a win.”

39 comments

  • cutty, as much as it pains me to correct a fellow `Old Heskethian`; it`s The Hewett! I bet you done that on purpose... Btw, I was only average at English. The language is something I`ve grown to love as I get older. I was more a Physics & Chemistry type. I had to be good at Physics - Big Ben Burgess told me he expected an `A` at A-Level and, as I was in mortal fear of him, I had to deliver. Perhaps Naaridge players need a bit of fear up `em? I wonder if any of them feared Chrissy? Or Neil...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Poor old Neil Adams, being lowered into the coal mine to check for lethal levels of gas. Luckily there's none down there, it's all being safely contained here. Some good points being made (if not monotonously over-repeated) about certain players not being utilised effectively, but it can be pretty tough to cover the field and grind out a result with 10 men. Early days yet, chin up!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Pathetic Suffolk Canary et al. One match in and nothing but moaning. This will be a long hard season requiring lots of patience. Time to stfu and support NA and the team.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • NA is our David Moyes but worse. I'll believe in NA when we win an away game in this league. Can't see that happening anytime soon. Scoring would be a start. Last equaliser away from home? Snoddy at Southampton. A steady downward spiral presided over by a bunch of amateurs. Agree with the previous posters that we should show some ambition in our signings. I honestly think this board do not want us to get promoted. Why else appoint a manager who no-one else wants then don't give him money to spend. Absolute madness.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Now we are being warned about all these championship predators, when, I believe, we should be taking on the role of the predator and devouring the so called smaller fry. With the backbone of the squad experienced premiership players the addition of recognised successful Championship players should make for a good season.Having said that I would have liked to have seen at least one winger played as a winger to cross towards a big central target man with his strike partner playing off him and forward moves to support from midfielders. It did seem remarkably deja vu with some players being used in their not best positions. Russel Martin is a better right back than Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett looks a better centre half than RM.Mr Redmond is better on the wing than as a down the middle striker. If Fer stays he must play with Tettey in our central midfield. Do what you need to to Neil and get the much needed win against Watford.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Poor result and a win? Come on Brew put 'em right I can't do your job. I know we both went to the Hewitt but I was lousy at english.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Brilliant stuff, Timbo. Pulpit beats Snakepit and Halfwit aisle say. It is amazing how long Norwich fans will take BS from the club. The clever people there are trading on a universal fear - nobody likes to think they`ve had a bad deal. This board of cr*p*iers has been stuck on twisting ever since Hyacinth drove Lambert out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • If we are to do well this season it is time to show some ambition and spend some of the vast amounts of money we made from the TV deals, the Snoddy, transfer and the money we get from shipping out all the rest of the rubbish that think they are too good for championship. Adams is useless -you only need to look at team selection on Saturday. Martin is not a centre half and yet NA has played him there every game. Play Bennett We need a good full back, a decent striker and to sort out who our best midfield is. NA doesn't have a clue and is like a headless chicken. He should talk less rubbish to the press and get some help or resign. Our board should hang their heads in shame. No ambition, no football knowledge-they deserve League 1 never mind the premiership.

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    scousecanary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • It has been so long since we have been predators that this team may not have those instincts. That is something that will have to be learned or relearned by the squad - and will be something entirely new for our fledgling manager. So it may take a while for the team to gain their stride and uncover a winning formula, and it's something that may never happen. This team seems to need a galvanizing event or stretch of good performances that can inspire the players and managers to believe in themselves. The organization is coming off of the low of being relegated and outclassed last season, and that can only be reversed if the climate of the club can be changed. It's going to take at least a month for this to manifest, as the players and managers will be in uncharted waters, and faith is not at a premium from the fan base - while expectations remain high after a three and a half year purple patch that ended when the record setting unbeaten streak did.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Wise words as always Malaga. Personally, I now think it's time to cash in on Redmond + take the £5m from the oatcakers. Of course we'll stick the Godfather of all sell-on clauses in, just in case he does come good in the future. Defo time to try Lafferty + Hooper upfront with Grabber just behind them. PS: And is it just me or is Adams starting to sound uncannily like Chris the Country Vicar's curate?..."Please open your excuse books @ page 12.....Verily Wolves are a good team....+ they didst smite us with a great smiting....but fear not....for we will win our next game when the luck cometh our way.....Here endeth the lesson...".

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • goldie......If you gave up your season ticket old boy it would be no great loss. You could then spare us all your usual daily diatribe.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • You don't think such as the Murphy twins are having their natural ability coached out of them, how much coaching did they have years ago, when football was football, now it's all numbers and so, so, boring

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Wouldn't it be nice if Neil Adams went one day with out talking 'tosh' to the press and let the football tell its own story?

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    borderman

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Adams still talks the talk with his team but is he capable of making them give the effort. Seems we should have done a lot more buying and selling in the closed season. Players still can't pass to one another what is going on at City, they are alleged to be out of debt but are very very reluctant to spend any money or pay an experienced manager to wake the team up and show them how to play. Hope it is not going to be another boring season for the fans. If so this will be my last season ticket, they haven't given value for money for the past two seasons. The fans have repeatedly said they want to see attractive energetic football and are being fed high priced boredom.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I know the defence are taking a lot of stick about Sunday. In fairness they got no support from in front of them. Of the midfield and forwards only Bennett and possibly Wes got pass marks. Where was BJ when the man he should have been tracking scored? Where was Surman at all? Although Redmond was out of position I didn't see any real change from last season, head down, run fast and boot the ball off target. I'm sure Grabban will be a good goal scorer if and when the midfield create chances for him, wait a minute didn't we say that about RVW? Can we still blame Snodgrass?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • maybe i feel in a particularly moribund mood this morning - it is a tuesday afterall - but it's yet another sound bite that we heard last season time and again. yes, let's not become dead meat for newly promoted league one sides or any other championship side, but the proof is in the pudding. i'm not going to fall for this talk until we're playing decent football. which might be in 2020.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Snodgrass always gave 110% you couldn't say that about the rest on sunday!

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    borderman

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Snodgrass was the one to make himself available. that didnt happen on Sunday. Surely there is no comparison regarding pace and Redmonds, he used in the wrong areas. IMHO

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    sharky

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Back to the comment midlandcanary opened with: "another Snodgrass" would be "no pace and no end product", surely? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Life without Snodgrass ha ha !!!

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    sharky

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I hope we`re not set for another season of players being used inappropriately, Colin. Early signs not good: Redmond as a striker. R. Martin as a CB. Whittaker on the pitch. Laffing Boy only `fit enough` for the bench. Wes forced to play from too near our defence. No decent holding midfielder... though perhaps O`Neil will bring that to the party? Or Fer...?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • LYB sounds like a broken record. Same old rubbish on the pitch. Same old yellow tinted specs.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Black and plum. Slack and glum.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • We will be easy prey. Defensively we are weak with no leaders, we have more midfielders who want out than in, and strikers we don't pick or cannot get the ball to. Grabban is not an out and out striker. He should be playing behind Becchio, Hooper or Lafferty. He works hard and scores goals, but does his damage by having the freedom to drop off, drop out wide and lose defenders. He got a lot of assists last season too.

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    Colin

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • The grouse shooting season opens today, while Norwich risks becoming the sitting duck of the Championship. We should all grouse moor... I reckon Mattias has dropped his missus off at work but instead of going home, he`s gone to see Delia to make an offer for NCFC. He has shed loads of cash from the sale of his own footy club just burning a hole in his Post Office account...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Perhaps we are not as good as we are or feel we ought to be.When you look at the team, on paper, it appears to be strong. But out on the pitch this doesn't translate because, in reality, we are not the sum of our parts. We do not play with sufficient intensity and pace and do not seem to be a cohesive unit, able to pass and move to effect or able to defend with competence. We have players who can give us pace and penetration from the flanks but don't use them. Sticking Redmond up front on Sunday was a classic example of misusing a players ability. He has pace - sadly not much else - but at least utilise that. In contrast we have defenders who are far, far, too slow and can be so easily turned and beaten. In summary, I believe we are not actually as good as we would like to think we are. (and the results over the past year prove it). We flatter to deceive. We need strength at the back and players with more pace and althleticism. Midfield remains a muddle, too often failing to create or provide. Up front we don't employ players with pace out wide. So anyone up front stands little chance of getting meaningful service. Now go out in the next two home games, City, are prove me wrong! I would be happy if you could.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Mind you, the fact that some of our fans hold a team like Wolves in such contempt may well be a part of the problem. If you underestimate the opposition you will suffer for it. It wasn't so many years ago we were a newly promoted side from League one that went on to get promotion to the Premier League. I still think we could have and should have won it Saturday, but we didn't, so that's life. They've just got to go out and make sure they win the next one.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Stew----went to the game----it's going to be a long slog that is for certain---& i don't think we will finish top 10. A lot of changes to be made + god forbid a bit of luck at Ipswich

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • .....Where are you Matt?....It's 8.40am, and not a word!....What time do you clock in or get back from taking the missus to work?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • .....Well!...That's my four pennyworth on Ruddy!...What about those playing in front of him!....Whitaker is either not up to the job or playing to orders....Martin must come out of the middle!...Turner needs Bennett beside him!..They must become a pair one covering the other! Ollsen has to get his head screwed back on!,... In this division they must concentrate on getting the ball out of our half! ..no ifs no buts!..There's even a white line marked on the pitch to guide them...Cut out the fancy stuff until you start to play together!.... If you can't get the ball to a midfielder..then boot it up the field or out of the ground!...Re_organise!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • From potential Kings of the Jungle to "easy prey" in one short week. What a change in attitude!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • .....I watched that game on TV!....Saw the shove that Neil Adams did not see!...That's the beauty of TV!...You can see Everything!....Why oh why! don't managers get modern and do the same?.....Goalkeepers at both ends were not called upon to make saves...and the only time Ruddy had a shot on his goal (a header) he managed to let it in!...I'm a bit worried about him, his mind seems elsewhere!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Wolves always played in orange coloured shirts, that said, who were the other lot?

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Neil badly needs a win so that we fans can move away from picking the bones from every interview. So far, including the last five PL games, there has been scant evidence that the players supposedly fettered by Hoots have cast off the shackles. We still can't win, we can't even score. As for imposing ourselves on games, even the Germans recognised the need to pressure the opposition before going on to win. The next two home games are vital for the team and especially vital for Adams. Eight games without a victory would not bode well for his or the club's future.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Get with the program City, get in their faces and raise the tempo otherwise we will be staring at double relegation1 Lafferty must start on Saturday, Redmond wide and Surman on the bench at best!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Deeney and Vydra will just love running at our back four. Geriatric sloths.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I thought football was all about playing the ball in to space for your team mate to run on to, now there is no space as every one seems to be in a heap, defenders seem to defend an area not a player, Wolves goal, he had a free header

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • That should have been no end product

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    midlandcanary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • All I can say is the players didn't give it a really good go on Sunday, Neil. We didn't impose ourselves on the game. If we are going to do anything this season we have to be able to win the ball, keep the ball, pass the ball to a player wearing the same colour shirt, and spend more time defending higher up the field of play. Oh! And could you and your coaches spend a bit of time with Redmond to get him playing like he does for England U21s. Otherwise sell him for what you can get. The way you have him playing he will be another Snodgrass - all pace and n,end product.

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    midlandcanary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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