Momentum is the key heading into Norwich City’s Capital One League Cup campaign

Norwich City manager Neil Adams watches on at Portman Road. Norwich City manager Neil Adams watches on at Portman Road.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
8:56 AM

Norwich City chief Neil Adams wants no let up from his Championship promotion hopefuls when they take a break from league action in tonight’s Capital One Cup, second round home tie against League One Crawley Town (KO 7:45pm).

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City moved into third place in the early standings with a third consecutive league win in Saturday’s 1-0 derby success at Ipswich and Adams knows the dangers of easing off when they face John Gregory’s underdogs.

“Everybody says losing games becomes a habit. I would turn that around and say so does winning games,” he said. “What we don’t want to do is lose a cup game and then come back to the league looking to kick on.

“You can’t pick and choose when you turn it on or off. Let’s win as many as we can and keep this run going.

“We’ll treat the game and the opposition with the respect they deserve. It isn’t going to be a completely changed team and I think the players we put out there will show everybody how much we want to win.”

Adams admits, however, his selection policy must take into account Bournemouth’s Championship visit to Carrow Road this weekend. Ryan Bennett, Jonny Howson and Gary Hooper are ruled out through injury and the likes of Kyle Lafferty could get a night off after his recent workload.

“Obviously we’ll rest one or two and anyone who maybe picked up a knock against Ipswich are not going to be risked,” said Adams. “Kyle was just rubbing his knee a little bit and I just thought the longer the game went we had Benno (Elliott Bennett) there to give us that defensive presence, not that we wanted to shore things up but Kyle is more of an attacking option.

“It is difficult because when I looked at this part of the fixture list it is Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday in the league and with the cup competitions on top you hardly get a breather. That is why you need a good squad of players, and a big squad.

“Perhaps we haven’t got a big squad but they are all good players. We have to have one eye on Bournemouth, because that is the priority, but we want to win games and Tuesday is another opportunity.”

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10 comments

  • BoF; imagine being subjected to 6 consecutive days of Hughton, Trollope and Bewilderwood at Colney. The players probably wished they were in Colney Burial Wood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • It'd be nice to have a Cup run again , a City tradition in former times , to keep the interest going . One of the things I like about this league is that you get far more games to see , I actually think the team does better playing more real games than it does mooching about the training ground at Colney ; - boring , tiring , and you can see from many previous disappointing performances that a fortnight long " breather " between Prem fixtures involving ( one presumes ) intensive training ground preparation seems to have counter-productive results .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • As said, we have a squad, not a 1st XI and 2nd XI, all of whom are more than capable of putting in a decent performance tonight and any other fixture .......... a positive coming out of tonight will be added pressure for places .......... a perfect tonic to keep everyone on their toes - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • NA does seem to be a man on a mission and does understand the winning habit is for all competitions. Cutty I would say I agree on the gist of your views but I would take it that a choice of cup run or staying in the PL, then PL everyday; here we are pushing to get promotion so the winning habit must stay and also use it to bed new players in a gauge others. I do not underestimate Crawley but we must also have the ability and confidence to mix the team around for this type of game. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • I hope City take this game seriously and only make a couple of changes if they are necessary. Having said that they could perhaps give Becchio a start in place of Lafferty. If he shows no interest then they can bring him off.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • That`s right, cutty. It is not good to let the momentum slip. In view of Ryan Bennett`s injury, it might be a good idea to give Cuellar some match time. Likewise, Jerome for Laffs. A rest for Wes and get O`Neil up to speed? Half a game for Loza? Or Becchio... Still looks a good starting XI. 9 days to the `Sash-Crash` and Surs still not re-signed. Off to the South Coast? Interesting that Neil sees E. Bennett as a "defensive presence". A future at full-back for EB? FlyingCan; very true what you say about Lambert`s take on Cup games. Trouble was, the teams he picked were OK, but they didn`t perform. A bit like a premonition of what just about every Hughton team did in most matches!! I hope Neil grasps the initiative now. He could become a local hero, writ large.Go for it, NA! To the Board - don`t Mushroom Manage this guy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • You sense that he's a manager that genuinely wants to win absolutely everything. Watched a bit on facebook where he was reminded about his own League Cup run: "Yeah, we made the final, didn't win it. Thanks for reminding me." Like it.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Neil's attitude is the right way forward, you can't switch the will to win on and off. We've got a really good squad and a few changes tonight should still leave us with a winning opportunity. He'll not under estimate Crawley and it should be a good game.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Would be really good to get a cup run. It's been frustrating in the past when we've had good opportunities to progress and didn't. All the time we were in the Premiership I felt the cups didn't really figure in the managers minds. Nothing else mattered except survival. Lambert was blasted for admitting as much but I think he only said what the managers of most "lesser" teams thought.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Would be really good to get a cup run. It's been frustrating in the past when we've had good opportunities to progress and didn't. All the time we were in the Premiership I felt the cups didn't really figure in the managers minds. Nothing else mattered except survival. Lambert was blasted for admitting as much but I think he only said what the managers of most "lesser" teams thought.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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