Neil Adams confident Norwich City will be ready for big kick-off after 13-0 friendly romp

Norwich City's Jamar Loza struck a brace in the 13-0 win over SC Vallee d'Aoste. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Jamar Loza struck a brace in the 13-0 win over SC Vallee d'Aoste. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, July 20, 2014
9:04 PM

Neil Adams has no fears Norwich City will be under-cooked for the Championship opener at Wolves after another pre-season cruise produced a 13-0 romp against Italian part-timers SC Vallee d’Aoste on Sunday in the opening match of their three-game tour.

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The Canaries’ hammered Braintree 6-1 prior to flying out to Italy but a late change of opponent saw the game descend into a training exercise at their Chatillon Saint Vincent base.

Adams’ admitted afterwards he wanted a much tougher test but believes they will arrive during the club’s remaining pre-season programme prior to a trip to Wolves on August 10.

“We need tougher tests and we’ll get that in the two games particularly at Carrow Road and against Bastia, who are a top flight French side,” he said.

“We wouldn’t want too many of these games the closer we get to the kick-off. The positives you take is the fitness and the goals but we do accept it would have been more beneficial for us to be tested defensively because we have worked on that side quite a lot since we have been out here.”

Russell Martin, Anthony Pilkington, Jamar Loza and Jacob Murphy also struck braces in the one-sided affair.

“The opposition were obviously very weak and they didn’t give us the test we wanted at this stage of the season,” said Adams.

“The focus is on Wolves in three weeks but I would have preferred a tougher work-out for the players. Banging in goals is great for the players but we need to be tested a little bit more than we were in this game.

“You have to beat opposition like this and we scored some excellent goals but lets be honest we should be doing that and there was very little in the way of

opposition; you could see they were struggling to cope with our fitness and greater quality.

“The lads did a professional job and beat what was put in front of them, but I wanted a tougher test so we are right for Wolves.”

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37 comments

  • He must've been feeling chariotable

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    Gruff

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Last season's pre-season was a pretty good predictor of what happened next.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Gruff- I bought a pyramid once from this really honest "Giza".....

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Shut up Goldie you're always moaning....:-)

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Hey Mattias, I think CH would have lost the game probably 0-13

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Timbo, I prefer Albania.. where they would get a cracking game of football and as an aside be able to invest some of their well earned wages in some wonderful pyramid schemes with real potential..

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    Gruff

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Framboise - I am like you entitled to make whatever comments I like on this website so I suggest you comment on the report and less time accuses in others on time wasting. Unless it was illness which would have come out already then there is no excuses. Another match planned also cancelled, well. What does that tell you? Most likely got the planning wrong!

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    JB

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Being positive for a good start to the season;we should be looking for a really good win in our opening fixture as it is against the bottom of table club - alphabetically!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Pre season games are poor indicators to what lies ahead. The positive I take out of what has happened since relegation is the squad has mostly knuckled down in a professional way and got on with their jobs. We also have two new arrivals who are well equipped for the Champ. My concern, like many, is that the transfer window runs until end of August and the squad could be much changed by then - or not. If it changed not one jot I would be highly optimistic. Swiss however reminds us there are clubs out there with silly money to spend and our management has said silly money could prise away our better players. While we wait some of us will sit and cheer a half full glass, others bemoan the half empty one. That's what supporters do.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Amen to that goldie. Amen to that !!

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    The Crab

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • For fcuk sake on this site there is mainly only one thing City can do and according to the posters on here whatever that is it is wrong. Seems the real City supporters are the ones that are at work and can't comment or the ones that actually pay to go to matches and actually support what City do. Fed up with moaners and interlopers.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • A very good point "Outside The Box". Going to Italy is just a jolly @ the fan's expense. They don't deserve a foreign trip after relegation. Talk about rewarding failure. A tour round Scotland or Ireland would yield much better opposition than lower league Italian teams + more realistic tough tackling football such as we'll face in the Chump !

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Same old same old whingeing on here. Club have stated defensive cover is needed and will have targets. Would have been great to sort these out early but not that easy. And JB still not heard what the reason for the pull-out was. Might well have been fully unavailable. Until you know, your comment is pointless and adds nothing.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • If this is just team building and bonding, where are the new backs and midfielders we need "bonded" into the team for a good run in the championship? I am still worried about how this management team is going to do what it says. Seems naive.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Don't mock the 13-0 too much guys. Chris Hughton would have just about managed a 0-0 draw....because "we must remember SC Vallee d'aosta are a very good Italian Pub side who can cause us problems".

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Only win 1-0 against Dereham and everyone says "its only pre-season it doesn't matter"......beat SC Pub Sideio 13-0 and everyone moans its a waste of time and too easy. I know I have a moan from time to time but come on guys get a grip and atleast moan about the things that matter. Like a lack of yellow goal nets and goal music at Carrow Road ;) I've watched the goals and what ever the opposition its good for getting everyone use to each and focusing on set play routines etc. Next games will be steps up to test us in that sense.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Well if we want a better test then we should organise our tours better with better teams with more reliability.

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    JB

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Whilst it was a one-sided romp for City it was also a very good exercise in team bonding and togetherness. Apparently we were professional in our approach to the game and played good football. At least this pre-season is proving to be far more positive to that of last season. Let's not start moaning already about poor quality opposition and bad organisation etc. That is nonsense. These games have their purpose, fitness and working as a team. Don't forget that this squad, for most of last season, was traumatised by bad management; and had lost the ability to play any kind of team football. At least the mindset is changing and scoring 13 goals in a friendly will do the confidence no end of good. Tougher challenges will come and I am sure that the lads will rise to the occasion. I feel confident that we will do well in the Championship and I can see us getting promotion back to the PL at the first attempt!! Upwards and onwards OTBC.

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I see that Southampton are saying that they are now using their big cash pile to come in for Nathan from us and Ron Vlaar from Villa.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • If we are going to have a successful season then good moral is a vital ingredient and an away trip like this is good for moral. Can't blame City if the opposition cancel at the last minute, and the lads didn't p'ss about they did their job. All credit to them and a big thanks to the Italians that stepped in at the last minute.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • The reason clubs go on tour is for the team-buil;ding bonding that can happen when you have your squad together 24 7. Even more valid when you have new players to integrate. Anyone who has ever been on a tour can appreciate that.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • A couple of weeks ago I wrote in the late forties a pre season city side beat Kenninghall 11-0 and we didn't end up very high in the old 3rd Div South that year. Lets hope these pre season big scores don't repeat that year. Promotion is what we want.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Still haven't heard the official explanation so don't jump to conclusions about bad organisation.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • This trip to Italy sounds as well organised as Fred Karno's Army.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • These overseas tours can be a waste of time, depending on the opposition. Clubs go abroad because they feel it's the done thing - keeping up with the big boys - and to keep away from the prying eyes of their own fans. We are always told how City have a wonderful training centre so why not save their money, use Colney and arrange a few games behind closed doors against Conference opposition? Would do more good than going abroad to beat non-entities 13-0.

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    Outside The Box

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Forgive me if I've missed it, but where is Neil Adam's confidence we'll be ready? All he's saying is that we needed a tougher test, nothing about being confident. Another misleading headline....

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    lankyboy

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • NA is very realistic in his assessment. Don't get carried away by this scoreline or too despondent if tougher tests produce poor results. What matters is how the team plays when it steps across the line at Wolves.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Is a shame RVW didn't get to play, he may have scored !

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I hate to play devils advocate but I really hope we arent under cooked by the time the whistle starts the game a Wolves.... the championship isnt a cake walk, as many a relegated team has attested to.

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    kiwifruitloop

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • Top of the league .......... at Portman Road .......... top of the league .......... at Portman Road !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • That keeper looks about 15 ! Still they gave us a sterner test than 1p5wich will...

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    Timbo

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • Keep practicing lads, and look out the Suffolk part-timers - we smashed nine against them last time, home and away, I can easily see it being well into double figures this time around - bring it on !!!!

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • canaryken ..........the carrow road pitch will be maintained at between 25 & 30 mm during the playing season, using a quality cylinder mower. Does that meet with your approval ?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • canaryken .......... jeez, muppetry talk! Novaro backed out on the day of the game, what else were NCFC gonna do? Any game at this stage of pre-season has 'a' benefit .......... our benefit being a boost of confidence and 90 match time fitness .......... the squad are bonding 247 so GOOD TIMES - REMEMBER THOSE KEN ?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • If that is true that they needed a stronger test.....so who set these game up in the first place?

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    canaryken

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • The Wolves women's team were available they would have given norwich a good game!

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    John Davies

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • Trunch were available. Why didn't Adams ask?

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    waclor

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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