Neil Adams hails the perfect pre-season swansong for Norwich City

Norwich City boss Neil Adams was pleased with a difficult test against Celta Vigo to wrap up the Canaries' pre-season. Picture: Simon Finlay. Norwich City boss Neil Adams was pleased with a difficult test against Celta Vigo to wrap up the Canaries' pre-season. Picture: Simon Finlay.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
12:10 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insisted the Canaries signed off their pre-season build-up with a perfect test in Friday’s 2-2 Carrow Road friendly against Celta Vigo.

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Lewis Grabban’s brace put City in command but the Spaniards replied before the interval through Manuel Agudo Nolito and Danish international Michael Krohn-Dehli during a domiannt spell when they peppered John Ruddy’s goal.

“It was a very good workout. I was really impressed with Celta Vigo. It was just what we needed to be honest, a tough test,” said the City chief. “We were tested in all departments of the pitch; at the back, in the middle and up front, and after an excellent start Celta Vigo showed what a good side they are and they posed us just the type of problems that I think we needed.

“I was pleased with our shape when we changed it, and then towards the end it looked like we could go on and get a couple of goals. All in all, before your first game of the season, it was precisely the kind of opposition and test that I could have asked for.”

Adams promised there is more to come from the Grabban and Kyle Lafferty double act after their maiden bow before the Northern Irish international was withdrawn just prior to the hour mark.

“We wanted to pair them up and this is the chance we got, so we’re really pleased for them,” he said. “We need goals, the two teams went up last year scored lots of goals and we’re going to have to do plenty of that this season. That’s why the likes of Lewis and Kyle have been brought here.

“I thought Kyle played particularly well too, but the only frustrating thing is that the two of them have had injuries throughout the pre-season at different times.”

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53 comments

  • I side with The Crab, 110%! Pincer action. On journalistic quality, it would be uplifting to see a journo have a try at some original prose, instead of trotting out clichés all the time. Failing that, what Crab said would suffice.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Just wanted to say how pleasant this board has been to read, with the almost complete absence of asinine remarks from trolls. (hope I haven't now talked one up! :-( ). Plenty of common sense and good analysis, seasoned with a spot of Brew's marvellous whimsy - and Igno is picking up the attitude well. alan clark's informant had it about right on Friday's game - it's almost exactly how I described it to my son. The swansong definition has been done to death a bit - but it really wasn't the right word to use in the headline! And as for Divot's writing - just because this is a provincial sports newspaper, it doesn't mean we have to accept mediocrity as the pinnacle of journalism. We don't expect a Shakespeare or a Herbert - just a professional job, with accurate quotations, words spelt correctly and good English grammar. Is it really too much to ask?

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    The Crab

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Mardler is quite right, we need to pay the wages to get a quality RB player in. If that means bringing in one on loan and paying him top $ then so be it.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Good question Swiss, where the hell is Becchio ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Good thinking Mardler! Sky are reporting that one of Chelsea's "fringe overseas players" may have to leave on loan. Anyone know if they have a "fringe overseas" right back on their books?

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • No more navel gazing and delay - Go for a loan deal TOP QUALITY right back - prepare to pay TOP £s in wages and let us go forth an WIN the championship! Amen

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    mardler

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Sorry Cutty, I fear Mr.B has had more than one swallow this summer. Either that or too much sun...Anyway, you DID start it , so there ner see!

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Very little real information left to comment on until the Wolves game. RVW is out on loan save the paper work, and I think that is a good move for everyone, but the door has been left annoyingly open for clubs with piles of Premier League scrilla to rummage around. As for the rest, the song remains the same; where's Seby? where's Benchio? where's our new CB? I do hope that we start off fast and furious against Wolves and start go a goal or two up early on, as we have in the last couple of pre-season games. That is going to start intimidating the opposition and no one needs to be intimated more than on 23 August.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Paul Jewell, ex Ipswich loser, has given his Chump predictions in today's People. He has us finishing fourth, or first if we find a decent right back.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Ollsen or Garrido as a right back ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Greedy Grasshopper Naughton is available. .. but three PL clubs are struggling to agree personal terms apparently. I love that guy as a RB. If only. ..

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Now look what you done Igno.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Sales of Woodforde`s `Once Bittern` are booming in this prolonged scorcher. Likewise, Green Jack`s Canary Pale Ale is looking chirpy. Old Speckled Hen keeps on cluckin`. While Glorious Swansong watches the Sun set in the Boulevard, we must remember that one swallow does not make a Summer...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Good assessment Malaga. Ps apparently your local side made the Geordies look poor - says my lucky mate who iis there at the "tournament". And RCD hang on in the II...

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Trouble is DC what quality RB would come to carrow road and for probably less wages?we definitely need one but cant see how we are going to get one unless on a season long loan.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Agree with Dubya & tonyb; we do need to strengthen at RB as well as CB. Hi, Igno. On another board I`ve clarified the procedures at The Briston Book-Burning & Witch-Ducking Festival, sponsored by Arch ant. Forgot to say that Divot is MC and the concurrent Scone Contest is to be judged by Two Ton Ted from Teddington.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • What we need is a PL quality Right Back - that is a key position where we need to strengthen if we are to win the Chump next season. Get rid of the players who now think they are 'too good' for this league and make a significant investment NOW of £10m to £15m in a quality RB who is also Captain and leadership material too.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Agree with you MF.The city coaching team must get our players to watch Fridays game and learn quickly from their mistakes,ie midfield backing off and giving their opponents to much time and space.(just like last season)Also making space for themselves and giving Ruddy options from goal kicks instead of him punting the ball upfield to mainly no one.we need more bite in midfield and defence so hopefully o'neill will make a difference.just need a fast hard man as CB.!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Cutty - if the fragrant Mr. Fry were,as you suggest, to join the coaching staff the only benefit I can envisage is that at least all future abusive remarks to referees would be grammatically correct...Sorry Mr. B, is that approaching whimsy ? (It wasn't me sir, Cutty started it!).

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I thought Monday and Friday's matches were very revealing. Monday (although against weaker opposition) and for the first period on Friday we showed we were determined to attack and go for goals. There was plenty of midfield support up front and we had good pace down the flanks. No Snodgrass to hold things up and cut inside on a fruitless mission. That was the positive side. However on Friday we also saw some of the old faults re-emerge in defence and our ball retention, especially in front of the penalty area, was wayward. Celta Vego showed us just how to hold onto the ball with good effect and for me were far better technically. Luckily I doubt we will come up again many sides in the Championship who can pass and move so well and accurately from back to front. I don't think we took our foot off the ball after the first 15 minutes on Friday. More that Celta were still on the aircraft! (they only arrived on Friday!). I still feel we need a commanding central midfielder. Overall, though, it was far more positive and encouraging than the pre-season games in the previous two years when we looked no threat to anyone (and indeed weren't in Hughton's final, calamitous, season). At least I feel football is breaking out again at Carrow Road and we will be entertained with some good attacking play and goals. But how many we may ship is another issue!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Swan song, maiden bow, the fair Paddy doth wax lyrically and hath brought forth the scholars among us with quotes from Shakespeare and Sir Alan P Herbert. Maybe Stephen Fry should be added to the myriad of coaching staff.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Btw, Igno, since you`ve imposed an estoppel on salad matters (on another board), hows about this: C0ntraceptive salad - French lettuce and Dutch capsicum...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Igno, whimsy is a form not generally liked on these boards - carry on regardless. As for Stephen Fry, he deserves all the flack he gets... always bullying that nice Alan Davies on QI. And so posh... and clever! Heinous. Or should that be `hienous`? Paddy... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Quite so, el dingo. Somebody who writes for a living should be... a good writer. Similar principles apply to brain surgeons and bomb disposal experts. Though the stakes are much higher... Your freely given QC advice is a boon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • CotM: what's wrong with a bit of quality control?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Not frustrated, Sharky. Quality.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • on swans , some should be mute

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I was told exact opposite, we were the ones that went to sleep after a brill start, or as mate said "took the foot off the gas" which allowed celta to dominate for a while,until our substitutions put us on front foot again..This may have been due to not wanting to create anymore injuries...I also would rather us bust a gut defending when the season kicked off than in a friendly...

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    alan clark

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • @ Lincs- indeed he did ! He also wrote"We bodged again, as I have been a swan With bootless labour swim against the tide And spend her strength with overmatching waves"...Which I do hope isn't a prediction for the upcoming season !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Understood Lincs. The "Are they going or aren't they?" problem is causing real difficulties in planning for the season ahead. My only consolation is the memory which I previously expressed on this site, that Alf Ramsey only stumbled on the formula for the 1966 team by accident. Also Lambo took what Gunn had left him and formed a pretty good team from that.

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • My point, waclor, was to find cover in case of injuries up front and expected striker departures before deadline. The lad from Peterborough, a striker who can also play on the wing, is a proven goalscorer and available at the right price. You rightly allude to our midfield surplus. I had never counted, is it really that many? Perhaps we should not mourn a few departures in that dept if it finances two or three good defenders. Re your point on Lambo not having the money to spend. He would have if he stayed. Also, what money do we have to spend? Only the club knows. I doubt if it is enough for a spending spree and I suspect even a modest £6m for Assombolonga would have to be balanced by a significant departure.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Recipe for an intact squad. "Let's find out what everyone is doing, And then stop everyone from doing it." ...A.P.Herbert.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Linca Canary, I appreciate your reference to Lambo and his attitude of scoring one more than we concede. Lambo did not have the money available that we now have though. At the end of last season's August transfer window many of us felt that an additional centre back would have been good insurance. Who knows whether it would have made any difference but our central defence was not too good last year and won't be this season either. Also we have no cover at right back even if you consider Whittaker to be adequate in this position. Now it seems we need an additional midfield player to add to Tettey, Johnson, Bennett, Redmond, Surman, Fer, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolihan and the two Murphy's. What's up do we need a substitute to add to the NC Midfield XI?

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • A whooper is a swan with long thin neck and black legs. Shakespeare wrote "I will play the swan, And die in music."

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • MancCanary...slapped wrist acknowledged. I would be more ready to accept your argument if the press were not "leaking" reasonably accurate estimates of the numbers anyway...as to the point about other clubs knowing what's in the pot, are you seriously suggesting that it that difficult for them to find that information? The Stephen Fry comment was merely a lighthearted quip which clearly fell on stony ground.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Swansong? Isn't a Hooper a type of swan? Bye Bye

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • To be outplayed and still draw is what promotion campaigns are made of.

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • We were out played, and for Adams to say 'towards the end it looked like we could go on and get a couple of goals' is unbelievable- he 'SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS'!

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    borderman

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • At Peterborough it tends to be Barry Fry's fault. Recently, in typical salesman mode, little Barry said star striker Assombalonga was not for sale - even at £5m. So there we have a clue what it will take to buy a young 33 goal from 58 games striker. Do we need him? If Lafferty or Grabban pick up injuries and RVW, Hooper and Becchio all depart then definitely. Can we raise £5m + to prise away Posh's star man? Probably. Like NA has said, goals matter and I hope we have a plan in place to achieve that. Okay, I appreciate the concerns about defence but the spirit of Lambo was always having the confidence you could score one more than the opposition. With Barry's boy on board we could expect the goals to flow.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • The change I'm looking for this season will be tested when the side are a goal,or 2, down, so rather than lay down and have their tummies tickled as happened,especially away from home,last season,they show a bit of spine and fight back.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • And, yes, it's definitely all Stephen Fry's fault.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I take your point IR, but do we ever know the accurate figures. After all its a business so why should they tell us. Yes there are supporters to consider thats why they will come up with some sort of figures,but dont believe it. By the way El Dingo never stops moaning about the writing here. He must be a frustrated journalist ;-)

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    sharky

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Roll on the real season, the troops are clearly getting restless. Let's have some real stuff to discuss. I see the traditional"we should be told" complaints are coming out. Anyone remember Newcastle doubling their asking price for Donkey Carroll because they knew how much Liverpool had received for Torres?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • What's to dislike dingo. These are sports articles in a provincial newspaper aimed at keeping us poor sad souls fed during the close season. Maybe you should stick to reading Shakespeare if you're so upset by the standard of journalism.

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    Canary on the moon

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Igno Rance - what on earth has it got to do with Stephen Fry whether we disclose our transfer payments? Welcome to 2014 mate - hardly any club discloses the amounts they buy and sell players for - its called keeping your cards close to your chest - so that other clubs don't know how much you've spent out of your transfer kitty and therefore don't hold the upper hand when bidding for your players or selling you theirs. Pretty obvious really, and it's been going on for years.

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    MancCanary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • What is all this "undisclosed" supporters should be told what the clubs get for players and what it costs

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I generally heartily dislike Davitt's writing but it is probably wrong to blame him for the headline. I doubt he wrote it.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Well, both Grabban and Lafferty appear to be listed as undisclosed. Even the Snograss sale seems, officially to be undisclosed. I can't see why that should be necessary when these are such poorly kept secrets. Why not just be open about it? Probably, if the RVW deal goes ahead, it will be the same.

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • What other "transfers" are you referring to I R

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    sharky

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • A swansong is the last and only time a swan sings before it dies. A nice use of a metaphor Paddy!!!s

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • On the subject of lack of information, I notice that most of NCFC's transfer dealings are suffixed with "undisclosed". Is this because Mr. Fry and co consider any mention of money to be "Vulgar", or out of the fear of being exposed as transfer soft touches (Snodgrass excepted)?

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • A closed season of lack of information once again from City management. The mushroom attitude to fans continues.

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    goldie

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

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