Pleasure and pain for Neil Adams on his Norwich City Premier League bow at Fulham

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Liverpool have plenty to lose at Carrow Road on Easter Sunday. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Liverpool have plenty to lose at Carrow Road on Easter Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, April 14, 2014
2:07 PM

It took Neil Adams just 90 minutes to experience the contrasting emotions of being Norwich City’s Premier League manager.

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Adams was feted by 3,000 fans when he emerged at Craven Cottage seconds before kick-off and his new-look team responded in a vibrant opening, but one defensive lapse and Hugo Rodallega’s cunning underlined the scale of the task facing the new man.

“It’s hard to take. Very hard to take with what we’ve done all week with them and what we’ve asked the players,” he said. “We have a dressing room of desperately sad people. I couldn’t ask any more. I thought they were first class. The desire and the commitment they showed proved they realised the situation they were in. I thought we got it tactically spot on. We dominated for long spells and we had chances and we haven’t taken them. That is what has ultimately cost us.

“At this level literally you make one mistake at the other end and you pay the price. It tends to happen when you are fighting for your lives that you get punished. If we are mid-table or in the top half you probably get away with that. I think (Steve) Sidwell has just got across the ball and got a touch on it and Rodallega gets in between players. Michael (Turner) has been drawn to the ball and he has a tap-in. It was a kick in the teeth after doing so well.”

Adams was quick to remind the pessimists of his pre-match prediction City’s fate would not be sealed at Craven Cottage.

“I feel exactly the same as seven days ago,” he said. “This was a huge game and we can not shy away from that. Had we won we would have made our chances of staying in the division a lot easier but I did say beforehand it was not must-win. Yes, we know what we have coming up but we will do everything we possibly can to maintain our Premier League status.

“We have four huge games now against four of the best sides in Europe, let alone England, but the pleasing thing and the main positive we take is what we have seen here from 14 players who gave absolutely everything and looked a good side.”

Adams knows City’s prospects of upsetting the odds rest on addressing their chronic goal shortage which was again painfully evident at Craven Cottage.

“That is the only area we have fallen short and of course it is a big area because that is what wins or loses you games,” he said. “We had a good little spell in the first period and we would have been confident going in at half-time even if we hadn’t scored.

“I always thought we would get a chance when we went 1-0 down with the way we were moving the ball and the angles we were creating. We changed it a couple of times in the second half and went with a bit more width to get the ball in the box. What we have to find is a way of creating the chances from that dominance of the ball into goals and ultimately points.”

20 comments

  • Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • @Mad Brewer - No I am not loosing the plot thank you very much for your concern. I was highlighting the laws of probability, which draw out a positive approach and outset for Norwich in their endeavours against high flying Liverpool. It is negative support, like yours, which trancends without filter, through the terraces and onto the field of play, culminating in a negative vibe to the players which results in a poor performance. Warmest Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Parheps they will feild a weakend side at Eestar weekand, you whily Wiley. Are you loosing the plot, losely speaking?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • We are due a win, they are due a loss. The odds are already in our favour, this is going to be much easier than the media are making out. We should really look to relax in this fixture, due to the aforementioned odds of us winning and them loosing. Let us save ourselves for the following matches, this one is likely already in the bag. Liverpool are due a loss, so statistically that means that'll happen sooner rather than later, with soon being against us. I'd go so far as to suggest fielding a weakend side, as it is that likely that their overdue loss will happen. OTBC! Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • City have the points on the board, the others have yet to do so, the season don't finish until the last game. Liverpool have won 10 on the trot and that has to end sometime. Pressure creates funny situations in the very best. Neither Chelsea or Man. Utd. are playing that well and if as looks likely The Gunners have lost fourth spot to Everton they only have the Cup Final which is a week after playing up here. Are they likely to be flat out? Adams is the manager of the future to back!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Agree La Barbe. We need them right now. Just any kind of short term lift to get us over the line. We can regroup in summer and decide whats best then. Do feel our future has already been decided but thats the blame of someone no longer at the club. Credit the board for trying to give a manager a chance in a day & age where a managers life span isnt huge, but then we can take that credit away for not acting sooner when something clearly wasnt working or best for business. All hands to the pump now and behind Neil & the lads. Lets prove the doubters wrong. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Liverpool have had a very good run, logic says it has to end some time and who knows, maybe a bit of complacency on Sunday and we nick a point. Chelsea and Man. Utd are not playing that well, so again it is possible to pick up an odd point. Arsenal look as though they will only have the Cup Final a week after playing up here and if Everton have taken their fourth spot then they too are beatable. The old maxim also applies, City have the points on the board, the others have yet to win them! Have faith! Until the last game is played they ain't down! Adams thinks they can do it and why not.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Although we will likely lose to Liverpool, Chelsea have the Champions league on their minds, even though they are just in with a chance at the EPL title. However, manu's season is over, so let's hope they have gone on holiday a la West Brom and Man C last year. Also Arsenal have the FA cup in site. So if NA gest the squad focused and they in turn decide to give it a go, there is a chance for two wins and maybe a draw. OTBC

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Great to see all the positive comments again.

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    la barbe

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Good on ya cecil, 3pts this weekend and you'll have a great big grin on your face. Onwards & upwards. . OTBC!!!..

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    alan

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Well Alan you've cheered me up. Thanks!

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • I can see where you're coming from cecil, but it's not time yet to reach for the gin bottle. In the next 4 games we are going to surprise a few people and pick up points. Maybe justice will be done and the villa will go down stranger things have happened . Come on you Yellows

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    alan

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • I wish I could share your optimism Alan, but I fear last Saturday's game was crucial to our survival chances. Comparing Fulham's form with ours, and their run-in with ours youre forced to conclude that they will overtake us and we'll be relegated. The only other team that could complete the bottom three is Swansea but I reckon theyre too good to go down.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Come on cecil, pick your chin up, we can still do this. Keep the faith. OTBC.

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    alan

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Not moaning or creating issues but we are almost certainly going down. That is not the fault of NA or the fans but of the Board and their blind faith in CH.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • A lot of postings seem to have been deleted from this board!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Neil Adams is going to be a great manager for our fantastic club. And I for one can't wait to see the look on his face when he can look at us fans and says. THERE YOU GO, WE'VE DONE IT. WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. INAWT.

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    alan

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Glory days are coming Neil, stuff to tell your grand children about. INAWT ! - OTBC!!

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    Hants Canary

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Well Neil, I can confirm you the full support of myself and the other 2,999 away fans in attendance saturday. Sadly it appears there is a tiny minority who just want to moan and create issues regardless who is in charge. Luckily they either dont attend live games or wont be heard at Carrow road sunday over the roar of passionate fans all behind the team. What ever happens I appreciate Adams efforts in trying to get us out of this mess Hughton has created. Cant imagine many other people in this world would have the balls to take on what Adams has and for that good luck to him. Said it earlier but we are a heck of a lot more dangerous when everyone has wrote us off! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Tell the guys that they are playing for their futures next week Neil. Beat Liverpool and you get to keep your jobs lads ! No pressure from the manager - let them create their own pressure for themselves.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, April 14, 2014

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