Neil Adams declares Norwich City will fight to the finish in Premier League relegation battle

Robert Snodgrass shows the strain after Norwich City's 4-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass shows the strain after Norwich City's 4-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, April 28, 2014
2:00 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the Canaries have no choice but to fight on after slipping into the Premier League relegation zone on a desperate weekend for his club.

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City’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, coupled with Sunderland’s emphatic 4-0 win over rivals Cardiff City, leaves Adams’ side third-from-bottom, level on 32 points, but with an inferior goal difference to the Wearsiders.

Norwich must now try to shock a Chelsea side this Sunday at Stamford Bridge who would go top with a victory before Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road and rely on stumbles from the Black Cats who now control their own destiny.

“It is never nice being in the bottom three,” said Adams, speaking prior to the Black Cats’ victory. “We don’t want to be in there. We have to dig deep. One thing we have to do is make sure we are at it, regardless of whether we are in the bottom three.

“It is a massive challenge. It is difficult now. We have got to give absolutely everything in these last two games. I said to the players in the dressing room that more than likely we need to get points from the last two games. They are two massive, massive games and we have to show character at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal.”

Adams’ side must now try to prevent Chelsea going top of the table this Sunday by beating Norwich before Arsenal’s final day visit to Carrow Road.

City were briefly in the bottom three on Saturday afternoon before Fulham blew a two-goal lead to draw against Hull at Craven Cottage, but Adams’ side were unable to cash in against the champions at Old Trafford later in the day.

“We were well aware of the Fulham result beforehand and it gave us a little bit of a boost to know we were still outside the bottom three,” said Adams. “But we can’t rely on other teams. We have to get our own points.”

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23 comments

  • McNally said the board were all in agreement after deciding after the game and then all agreeing to sleep on it and they still felt the same.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • You are all assuming that sacking Hughton was entirely within McNally's power. I very much doubt that he could have made that decision without the agreement of the majority of the Board. Selecting the new manager is the next big test and I very much hope that we appoint a manager then WE appoint the coaches etc not get a manager in who brings his useless yes-men entourage with him.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Totally agree Cecil. Could see this coming after the Man City defeat. It wasn't the loss ( which was expected) but the abject surrender (which was not). Good summary of our season from Baguio as well. Hughton should've been out long ago. As for McNally I'd very much keep him @ City, but he needs to fess up + admit he made a serious error of judgement re: the retention of Clueless.

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    Timbo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • wivenhoe - I don't think the board will turn him out, as they are much less decisive and more inept than he is. The whole lot need to go - we need a new owner with money if NCFC is to become a stable EPL team ever. If by some miracle we make it to safety this season, then we need a new owner and CEO over the summer, plus an experienced manager with astute purchasing and selling ability - especially the latter.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • A few serious under achievers need to take the blame for this season. In order. No1 Hughton and his 'helpers'. Should have been sacked at Christmas if not before? No2 Wolfswinkle the worst striker that we've had at this club in years. No3 Bassong if only he could play a whole game without a mistake? No4 Mcnnally Why oh why did he think the manager was good enough? Personally I think that with the right man in charge we have the players with the ability and mind-set to take us back at the first attempt. The manager choice is key though! Johnson should be made captain as he has shown that he at least cares!

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    baguio

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Relax.... if Cardiff and Fulham lose both their games then Sunderland's extra game could be to our advantage... if we only lose 1-0, 1-0 and they get thumped 5-0 in all 3 of their remaining games... then we will stay up without needing an extra point.... now that really would be the great escape.

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    jops

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • I am writing this with ear defenders on because the sound of the fat lady singing is deafening. And the name of the song? ...........'It's Over'.

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    la barbe

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • .....New kid on the block I see!....Will you be going to Chelsea Susan?....or otherwise engaged?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Sorry, should read 'table and statistics DON'T lie'.

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    FXT Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Like pretty much every NCFC fan, feel really down today. Yes, miracles do happen but unfortunately, the league table or the statistics lie. Our away form is so poor and the lack of goals has contributed to our current position. If Chelski play like they did against Liverpool, only a tank would get through the defence and with Aaron Ramsy back in the Ar$enal team, can't see us getting anything at all from that game either. Criticise me for being defeatist if you want but realistically we are sunk. It's such a shame as with the sigings made last summer, i thought we would be well and truly safe by now and looking to build again for 2142015.OTBC, never mind the danger.

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    FXT Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • If we go down McNally has to go , his actions or lack of them will have been a major factor in the money coming into NCFC dropping by over £50m. Any CEO in the real world would fall upon his sword, if the board did not out him before he could quit. So Mr McNally whats it to be .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Also lets also get Peter Mendham back on the pitch.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Let's get Gossy, Flecky, Butterworth, Townshend, Putney, Disco, Gunny, Rosey, Spearo, Crooky in the team as ringers for the last 2 games, then we will breeze it!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • If the fans decide to give up now then we won't beat Chelsea. Let's go down, or make history, in a positive manner. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Who are you trying to convince Neil? I suggest you spend this week trying to get the players to believe it.

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    Susan Heeles

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Cecil - or they did the wrong thing too early...? It would seem certain that we're going down now. I've posted before, and still think it's the case, for all his many failings in the eyes of the City fans, CHs record (and style of play) was good against the big guns. Getting rid of him for our ridiculous run-in and appointing Adams for the last 5 games was only ever going to end one way. CH may have actually kept us up (and then we could have sacked him in the summer). But I don't blame DM or the board for that - no doubt in my mind that it was the fans at the WBA game that got him sacked there and then. I also don't understand the cries for DM to go. Even getting relegated, we're still a league higher and in a much healthier position (financially, youth set-up, etc) than we were when he came to the club. So, certainly a step-backwards, but I think he's got a few in the bag for his previous excellent (almost midas-like) management here. Hounding him out would be a terrible mistake, I think.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • it is hardly likely.....(may as well finish the sentence!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Yes, Algarve, you are right: the league table tells the story. We haven't been good enough and our form is atrocious. Given that, and the fact we are playing two teams fighting it out at the top of the table, there is no way we are going to somehow produce a miracle. We don't have it in our locker. Defeat has become a habit. The best we can do is to start right now planning for next season as a Championship side. As for bouncing straight back - that would be a big ask in normal circumstances. But given the culling we will need to do to the squad and the psychological effects of this season's pathetic no-show.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • And the next thing McNasty will tell us is that we will bounce straight back up again.NOT

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    superfan59

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Those of us who saw this coming a long time ago derive no satisfaction from being right. But we're entitled to be miffed that those who could have done something about it did nothing. Until it was too late.

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    Cecil

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • We are in the bottom 3 for a reason. Whether it by awful and indecisive management, (yes). Out of form players just not good enough to do the job, and the goal difference that makes it clear that we are relegation material. All of these have conspired to put us where we are today. I've little doubt that Ruddy, Fer, Snodgrass and Pilkington will jump ship this summer, maybe even Redmond if he can aim straight enough to sign the papers! But we have to face it.....there will be no miracle in the next 2 weeks, and David McNally will have to endure his largely self inflicted slow death!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • If you beleve in little fairy's then maybe you stand a chance ...But in the real World not a hope in hell. As asked by Linc's canary in a earler post were is Mad Brewer hope he is ok and not too disturbed by all this. Chelsea 5 Nar'wich 0.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Come on Norwich, smash Chelsea and keep us in this league. It's where we belong. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, April 28, 2014

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