Striking dilemma for Norwich City boss Neil Adams ahead of Chelsea Premier League test

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have both struggled to bring their prolific scoring records to Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have both struggled to bring their prolific scoring records to Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:38 AM

Neil Adams knows time is running out to get Norwich City’s strikers firing in the bid for Premier League survival.

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The Canaries’ boss has alternated between Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper during his three games in charge with Nathan Redmond and Robert Snodgrass also pushed into central areas in the elusive search for goals.

City have failed to pick up a point under Adams to slip into the bottom three, but the new boss is still bullish he has the weaponry at his disposal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea and Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road.

“The lack of goals has been one of the concerns of the season,” he said. “We have tried one or two things and you have to keep trying and keep going until you come up with a formula that works. So far it hasn’t worked because we haven’t scored enough goals in the games. We have two left to make sure we do that.

“They are two huge games and we have to get something from both. It is as simple as that. A win at Stamford Bridge would be fantastic and it would help our chance of escaping the bottom three massively.

“Obviously we know there are other games on Saturday that will make the picture even clearer but we have to be ready to go to Chelsea and welcome Arsenal and expect to get something. We are confident but we also understand the magnitude of the task. We still have people who believe we can do it. The spirit is still high and you have to go to those sort of places and give it everything you have got.”

Adams’s planning for the Blues will not alter whatever the outcome elsewhere over this weekend in the matches involving Norwich’s direct relegation rivals.

“That won’t have a bearing on our game plan because it would mean we have wasted probably four or five training sessions,” he said. “In terms of preparations we have a game plan and we hope to execute it. There is not a lot we can do about those results.

“We can’t hide away from them and it gives you a boost if you feel results have gone for you, but we have to take it on the chin if it goes the other way.”

43 comments

  • I once read a book about a similar dilemma. This guy need an urgent operation but there was a flu epidemic, all the surgeons were ill so he had to choose between a blind carpenter and a drunk plumber with his arm in a sling. I can't actually remember what happened in the end but we can all guess.

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    waclor

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • No Hooper No RVW, interesting

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Town man - the real question is, what's it like being a p**s poor champ team?

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    JimBob

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Townboy, as you find our site so much more interesting than any discussions about your own sorry excuse for a team, I assume you'll be sticking with us next season? It will be great to hear your views on our team when we take another easy 6 points off you.

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    Double D

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • We love you Townman !! I am not a town supporter, but you make me laugh, and never a true word spoken, tomorrow at 4pm should be fun... can't wait..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • More a question though of how to create more chances. GH has converted a few and RVW has been close once a game but give any striker enough goes and he'll convert. We're never going to afford a Suerez but he'd be on about 10 if he played if this city side this season I reckon. I'm off to Munich in a couple of weeks to play against Bayern Munchen veterans. Our captain is a big Celtic fan and am not looking forward to the abuse re. Hooper. They have been ridiculing him us all season for choosing to leave to us.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Try playing both strickers together why pay all that money and always leave when on the bench

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    Breameo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • What is the dilemma about our strikers ? We haven't got any. The dilemma is how to get rid of a bunch of useless players who have no market value.

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    stormy

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • What is the dilemma about our strikers ? We haven't got any. The dilemma is how to get rid of a bunch of useless players who have no market value.

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    stormy

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • F*** me; the Chav from Chantry`s back. The poor girl`s team cannot even aspire to be in a "p**s poor Premiership", as it has forgotten how to escape from the Championship. Last time we did it was, admittedly, a false dawn, aided by 6 easy points and a goal-difference assist of +7 from the BlueBoys of the rented playing field. Destined to be a profitable building project for their Saviour, Marcus Evans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Something not quite right about the mindset of that town supporter no education

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    Norfolk Boy

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Sometimes a great notion... Kenny Jackett for Naaridge manager? But then, why would he want to leave a great old club with upward mobility? The way things are, I cannot imagine a decent manager wanting to inherit Chrissy`s car-crash. Unless Machianalli can summon up a bit more of the bullshine he did to tempt Lambo here. Poor old Neil should be given the opportunity to bring his Youth Project to fruition, prior to moving on to a proper management job - outside the constraints of the complacent Carra-crony comfort-cuisine café. Then One flew over the Canarys` Nest. Perhaps our very own Merry Prankster, Stevie Fry, would fancy his chances? He has to have some raison d`étre.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Ha ha ha what's it like to just about be relegated from a p**s poor premiership the s**m are going down I'll be back tomorrow to have a good laugh at you

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    Townman

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Ho-ho, 57chas. As long as he bags his brace for Wolves vs 1p5wich.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Lets look on the bright side, everyone - RVW will double his goal tally in The Championship next season...

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    57charles

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Giggs wanted to give his old mates,Brown and o'shea a great chance today with that line up,and they took it.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Canaryinslovenia - I thought Celje played in yellow and blue.

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    57charles

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • What`d I say, Dubai?? (Apologies to Ray Charles). You must admit, Dub`yai, that a striker like S. Fry would relish coming up against a robust back four. I will never forget your kindness in helping me through this dismal season with lashings of your Emirates Elixir. But now, in the words of the immortal Roy Orbison, "It`s Over"... Golden Days before they end....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • We played Liverpool in their first game since 25th anniversary of Hillsborough with the players fired up by the manager's team talk quoting words of mother of one of the victims - result defeat. We played ManUtd in their first game after sacking Moyes - the players were on fire with Giggs in charge for the first time - result defeat. We will be playing Chelsea who will want 3 points to keep their title chances alight result - an embarrassing 5-0 thrashing by Chelsea. We will be playing Arsenal who will want 3 points to guarantee 4th place result - an embarrassing 6-0 thrashing. We met 4 teams all with something to play for at precisely the wrong time. Good news, though - I predict RVW will double his goal tally in The Championship next season...

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    57charles

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • The trouble is that the good players are the first to go. It's the rest of the dross that may prove difficult. I'd keep Ruddy (although Rudd would be fine also), Olssen, Martin, both Bennetts, Howsen, Snodgrass, Redmond, Becchio, Murphy from the current squad.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • DJ_FRAMBOISE - can you please stay away from Belgium next May!

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    bogbog

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Think I will go and watch Celje next season. They play in green and yellow too, if I can just change the badge on my new green and yellow NCFC hoodie

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Agreed Kent there is absolutely no point picking the same old rubbish players who are just nog good enough. Just think what might have happened if we had replaced Hughton with Poyet or Pulis before the January transfer window. Norwich have been a disgrace for 18 months, never recovered from the humiliation of losing to Luton. The biggest stain in our entire history.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Go with Becchio tomorrow. Poor sod hasn't had a chance this season. Couldn't do much worse than RVPGH. Depressingly bad season. I was in a car park in remote bit of Belgium when I heard the relegation to League 1. Am going there tomorrow for the first time since to celebrate Polish Constitution Day. Bizarre coincidence. At least we have a week more to plan for next season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Time to start again. Might as well give all the youngsters a run out tomorrow. No need for any the senior players to bother turning up, or sorry they haven't all season.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Looking forward to the championship next season but need a clear out of old rubbish, bring in the youth team. No blame on Adams, no one could do better with the useless squad Hughton assembled, what a waste of money

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Saturday's final whistle and it really is all over. Bye bye Premiership, we had 2 good seasons. At least we'll have something more positive to aim for next season. Roll on August!

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    bogbog

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Ken, I am afraid you are right and that was obvious the moment we failed to beat WBA at home in our last real chance of staying in the dog fight but once again too many players in the team simply could not be bothered to break into a sweat. I agree that we should give young Morris and the Murphy lads a run out on Sunday as it may well their last chance to play in the Premiership for NCFC. Sad days but the writing was on the wall back in November but the board and club sat with a poor manager hoping somebody would wave a magic wand and save us the second season on the trot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I have the solution for the striker dilemma, just put a lump of jell upfront and put a lot of crosses in the box

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    citycanary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • jops-------read my earlier post----they dare not finish 6th.

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    superfan59

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Nobody can be surprised that we went to Old Trafford and got creamed but Sunderland go there and turn United over? We have not looked like a Premier Team all season, we turn up, do not bother to try and then act shocked that we get thrashed 4-0. We are relegated and everyone should be honest enough to admit that we thoroughly deserve it. Let's get this embarrassment of a season over with, only 180 minutes to go.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • what kind of starting lineup did giggs pick against sunderland, no Rooney, Wellbeck or RVP... I bet they havent done that all year,..... i hate United so much!!

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    jops

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Sorry, guys, I meant 'Loza' not 'Loma'.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Loma and Morris should play in the last two games. How can they perform worse than our current batch of so-called 'strikers' and we are down anyway? Give these youngsters a bit of experience, Neil, - might be a while before they get a chance to play in the Premier League again.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • What a surprise----Sunderland winning so far

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    superfan59

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Brewer, you should go straight to hell for that fry-up !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Neil, it has to be Carlton Morris, both you and he know how to win at stamford bridge

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • A pity that Stephen Fry isn`t a registered player - at least he has a bit of physical presence. He could either be `a one` up front, or play `in the hole`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • …..4-2-4....Normal defence! ….2 in the Middle (Johnson and Snodgrass)....then big boot over the top to 4 strikers....Benchio – Elmander - Hooper – Van Wolfswinkle - play them all together! ....and let them fight it out!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Just tell chelsea kick of is 1pm no Chelsea team in front of us you never know we might score a fluke of the woodwork oh no own goal their mascot just walked on the pitch oh hell we still lost 4-1 THAT MASCOT WAS GOOD DOOMED TO GO DOWN

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    pete22

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Away from home in 18 matches this season we have scored 11 goals which is the LOWEST in the league and we have conceded 44 goals which is the HIGHEST in the league. The real dilemma is not just a striker dilemma it is an all round performance dilemma. We cannot play away from home (not much better at Carrow Road) which has lead us to 14 defeats from 18 games away this season. I really do not think it matters one jot whether Adams plays Van Wolfswinkle, Hooper, Bechio or Delia Smith up front.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • This season has been pure tom tit from A to Z

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    el dingo

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • FFS, Neil. Just leave that empty crisp packet Winkel out of it. If he scores by a fluke deflection off his perma-gelled quiff, the Happy Clappers will want Freddy Krughton & Co back.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

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