Bravery is the key to Norwich City’s fading Premier League survival hopes says Neil Adams

Norwich manager Neil Adams is calling for bravery from his side over the Premier League run-in.
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams is calling for bravery from his side over the Premier League run-in. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, April 28, 2014
3:30 PM

Bravery is the key attribute Neil Adams will demand from his Norwich City players to stand any chance in their fading fight for Premier League survival.

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The Canaries’ fate is firmly out of their own hands following Sunderland’s home league win against fellow strugglers Cardiff City on Wearside on Sunday. Norwich head to a Chelsea side this coming weekend who boosted their title hopes with a 2-0 win at Liverpool, but Adams refuses to give up the battle despite another heavy away defeat.

Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata struck a brace each to herald a new era under Manchester United’s interim boss Ryan Giggs and push City ever closer to the brink.

Adams knows what is at stake ahead of a trip to Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s final day visit to Norfolk but the Norwich boss still believes he has the resources at his disposal to engineer a great escape.

“You can talk about character and right now that is absolutely what we need. We need players with bravery who want to play with bravery, want to tackle and maybe be a little bit braver than we were here,” he said. “When I talk about bravery I mean not just in the physical sense but getting on the ball and making things happen. I didn’t think we did that.

“I’ve seen character in this group and I have seen it again inside the changing room after the game. People are hurt by that performance and result. I was really pleased with the first two performances and the first 40 minutes here but goals change games.”

Adams admitted Norwich had achieved his first objective of trying to subdue a home crowd who had come to pay homage to Giggs.

“What we did do was quell the crowd. We said how important that would be for the first 10 or 15 minutes with what had happened during the week and the shape looked good,” he said. “I thought for 40 minutes we were looking okay. We might not have caused United enough of a problem in that period but we said to the players we had to make sure they didn’t score early.

“We knew what the atmosphere was going to be like. We were solid and disciplined, but after the first two goals we never really posed enough of a threat. At 2-0 you have a mountain to climb and when the place is rocking then it is always going to be a massive ask. It’s a disappointing day, really disappointing.”

City’s resistance started to unravel when Steven Whittaker was adjudged to have tugged back Danny Welbeck after Norwich’s defence had failed to cut out a low cross five minutes before the interval. Rooney stepped up to slot a nerveless spot kick past John Ruddy.

“We gave away a really soft penalty. For me, I don’t know how much contact there was. It looked minimal, maybe a bit on the arm,” said Adams. “I don’t think there was any contact with the feet. If it is given it is maybe a tug on the sleeve. I had a quick look after the game and there didn’t look like much contact.”

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12 comments

  • Only about 4 players who are Premiership quality the rest are lightweight, people keep on about City spending 20 mil thats peanuts in this modern age of top clubs. It was only a matter of time before City were relegated with such meager spending.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Frankly some of the so-called football we have played this season doesn't even come up to Div2 standards let alone the Championship. If we continue to play in this negative style next season we won't get much further or set many hearts racing in the second tier either. Having watched quite a bit of lower league football this season via hightlights on the FL Show, I would say even down the bottom of the pile teams are now trying to play football. There is less of the hoofing and charging upfield after the pill. Our display on Sunday seemed to be based on this outdated kick and hope method (I won't even call it a style of play because it doesn't measure up to anything remotely like that). Let's see the ball on the ground more, players passing and moving, some width, some wing play, some pace and some decent ball into the box that front men have some hope of latching onto. I watched Malaga beat Villareal last week and although they are not a great team, my goodness they know how to pass and move, how to hold the ball and how to get it into good goal-scoring positions. There is also pace in the team and good technical ability.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • FinnBlue is on these boards so much now that I am convinced he has eaten Mad Brewer and inherited his victims genes. His only mitigation is bad grammar although that could be a ruse to confuse the investigating officers. If anyone knows where the Finnish trolls cave is let Interpol know. PS, are you ok MB?

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Adams seems to have the same speech writer as CH. For once let someone tell the truth. This team is rubbish and has been all season. Lacking skill and fight. Is this team good enough to fight for bottom spot ?Absolutely

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    stormy

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • As Canary Fans we can says a lot of things about the season Norwich City FC have played. You will hear a lot of fans blaming Chris Hughton, the Board & certain high paid players being sub-standard for the monies they receive. I agree with some people are saying… The Premier League is not a place for a team to play defense all season, which seemed to be Chris Houghton’s style of play. As a Fan of 20+ years, I have seen a lot & that style is not the way Norwich is good playing & it showed big time this season. Houghton’s picks for the starting 11 each week this season seemed completely outrageous. When you have fans writing songs & making videos about Wes sitting on the bench & will you come sit with him should be a HUGE eye opener for the Manager & the Board. Wes has been one of the main players why Norwich are in the Premier League in the first place. When Lambert told Villa to tried to get Wes in January, should of sent shock waves thru Houghton ‘s brain & use Wes as player he is, a play maker & a player that knows how to run at defense with his speed when needed. The football Norwich have been playing this season is championship division football standard not Premier League. I feel for Snodgrass, Russell Martin & Ruddy whom all seem to be the only starting 11 players whom want Norwich to stay up this season. These guys show a lot of Heart while they play. Neil Adams was thrown into this mess with 4 games to go; I don’t think any manager could get the players to win all 4 of the last games of the season, unless there was miracle happening. I was hoping for at least one win & one draw from the last 4 games, hoping that would keep City from going down from the Premier League. The Board should have got rid of Houghton at Christmas, something us fans already knew, we can all whine and complain about that… The Board should use this as a mistake & learn from it for the future of the club. I hope there are changes this off season, the board, management staff & the players need to be on the same page something at hasn’t been in Norwich for a couple of years. We the fans of Norwich City deserve that & would like to see the Great Football again like City played in the early 90’s when we were in the top 6 of the Premier League while enjoying playing teams like Bayern Munich & Inter Milan. I hope Norwich does stay up this season, but I am not holding my breath from what I saw against Man Utd. City Till I Die..

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    Canadian Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Starting to wonder if the major issue has been players turning up all season, and with Hughton being too nice a guy, there was no accountability. Agreed the board should have stepped in, but they seem to be totally hands-off and inept in terms of being tough business people, so there we have NCFC in a nut-shell. Now they have a manager who expects more, but because the players have been taking it easy, they can't put it together when they need to. The passing was 2nd division standard, and really showed Saturday - United doing width of the field accurate passing and most of our players couln't find another yellow shirt 20 ft away. All very depressing. I would love them all to prove me wrong in the last two games - PLEASE!

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Finn...perhaps you would make more sense if you wrote in Finnish.......English is quite obviously beyond your capability...

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Over reached your self's thats the prolem you find yourselfs in nothing else.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • .....It is said that attack is the best form of defence....Norwich City have a reasonably good defence...but we have little or no attack...Our players have been so brainwashed into believing that defence is all that is needed! ..they are entrenched in a mind set that attack is an uncoordinated part of the game!'...because of this, out defenders get no rest from the constant onslaught of the opposition!....Attack should begin in mid field...but our midfield want to be the stars of the show, and instead of feeding and supporting the front men, try to prove point....I don't expect Neil Adams to change the attitude of many of our over paid players...they should be heavily fined for undermining those that are giving their all'...Neil, I say that to you "Show these renegades up ".... And look to the future for this club!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • To late Mr Adams, you had your chance against Fulham, and you played just like a Chris Hughton side of old against Man Utd. Best form of defence is attack !!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • It's about time football players were on performance pay, not paid just for turning up.

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    beverley

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I wonder if for once we might be spared the usual superlatives of 'bravery' - 'wanting it more' - 'digging deep' et al ble blah ble blah ble blah. Like a Jonathan Pearce commentary maybe less could be more!

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    Croydonary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

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