Cutting the supply lines to Watford’s main men is key for Norwich City boss Neil Adams

Troy Deeney's Watford goalscoring record deserves respect, but Norwich City boss Neil Adams is confident the Canaries will deal with the Hornets' attacking arsenal. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. Troy Deeney's Watford goalscoring record deserves respect, but Norwich City boss Neil Adams is confident the Canaries will deal with the Hornets' attacking arsenal. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
6:30 AM

Taming Watford’s deadly duo will form a key part of Neil Adams’ strategy to engineer a winning Championship homecoming.

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Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra scored more than 40 goals for the Hornets in their last full season inflicting damage on the second tier. Vydra failed to leave a lasting impression in the Premier League at West Brom during the intervening period and Deeney may well be heading in the same direction before the current transfer window closes, but subduing the obvious goal threat from the visitors is a must for the Canaries on Saturday afternoon.

“Watford’s front two will pose as tough a test as any in this division,” said Adams. “Deeney is a big handful; strong on the ground and decent in the air. He can hold the ball up as well and he is a player that many, many teams have looked at. Vydra alongside him is an equal threat. He scored a goal last week latching onto a ball in behind so they are a good combination. They are an excellent strike force to have, if they get the service into them. If they don’t, then they can be as ineffective as any. That is what we have to limit.

“They had a great result against Bolton, but we know how they will play. They have used different systems in pre-season and we know where they are strong and where they are weak but it is about us. If we are at then we know what we are capable of. We have to fight fire with whatever we come up against.”

Adams and his players know the Hornets’ will adopt the same aggressive intent Wolves unleashed at Molineux.

“I would imagine we are going to get that week in, week out,” he said. “Teams will use that to their strengths and, some of the perceived weaker teams, even more so. They will look to make it physical and generate that type of intensity we had at Wolves. That is what we need to create as well, and if we do I feel our quality will come through; as we saw in the second half last week. We dealt with it and they didn’t have a lot on target at all.

“I can’t remember John (Ruddy) having to make a save. He took a couple of catches from memory and in our good period after the break if we score when Lewis (Grabban) had his chance or if Andrew Surman smashes that one in we are probably looking back at it as a game when we dealt with what they threw at us.”

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13 comments

  • Neil is not "bigging up" the opposition in a Hughtonesque manner, he is just emphasising how great an achievement it will be when we cream Watford 4 - 0 with a hat-trick by Kyle. We took a lot of positives away from the Wolves defeat. BRILLIANT. Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Okay enuff already. Just didn't like being called a halfwit by a happy clapper:)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Oops! Forgot my "quallies". NCS, BACUS, Dip. St!ck, TOMB (Scratby-cum-California Uni).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I miss the surlly, abrasive, taciturn `Lambo way`. I`ll never forget how he turned on some callow, egg-faced journo and growled, menacingly "Are ye askin` me tae crutacaize ma plaeyurs fae drawin` a game ae fewtball". I bet Rab C. Butler wouldn`t dare take on Lambo. He`d lose.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • We don't need a Hughtonian bigging-up of the opposition, a Lambertian "There's no easy games" will be quite sufficient.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I agree with el Dingo BA(hons), we really need a win today.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I Agree with Bogaz - we gave Wolves too much "free ball". We haven`t had a proper ball holder\passer since Foxy faded from the scene. Oh, for an Ian Crook-style player (or two). Perhaps Gary O`Neil is in that category? Maybe he`ll help bring the best out of Surs. I cling to little shardettes of hope. Enjoy the Directors` Box, Erps. Watch out for the crab pots and the prawns... the páté `should` be OK...(I can`t do those ^ things on my pooter...). Best bet is to eat whatever Delia has. You should be OK then. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Ifs and buts.Neil.they did, we didnt .We lost. Please not a rerun of ifs and buts today , just win

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • @ET: Please ask the directors to read the supporter's comments on this website...and have a nice day!

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    JMH

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • If the opposition don't have the ball they can't pose much of a threat sooooooo City DON'T give it to them like last week and last season. Enjoy your day Erpimgham!! We await your comments afterwards.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I like Neil's memory. It seems to block out all the bad things! Pity he missed a couple of very good saves by Ruddy last week. What a good day to get your first win...and I have a seat in the directors box today. Woohoo!!!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Eight hours to kick off - we really need the win today.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I agree. We need to play with greater intensity than we did at wolves. We also have highly respected goal scorers but they are useless if they dont get the service they need. Get Redmond out wide. You never know - eventually one of his crosses will find a yellow shirt. At least with him out wide it will create a bit of space for the strikers in the box. What we are looking for is a display of high pace energetic intensity, accurate passing, 1st to the ball, good ball retention and goals goals goals. I.e. get the little spherical thing into that net thing at the end of the pitch. OTBC

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    midlandcanary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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