Neil Adams is convinced Norwich City are on the right track for Championship success

Norwich boss Neil Adams is happy with the Canaries' start to life in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich boss Neil Adams is happy with the Canaries' start to life in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, September 1, 2014
8:54 AM

Neil Adams has done the maths and Norwich City’s squad is hitting his targets after a solid start to life back in the Championship.

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Adams knows two points per game will push the club firmly to the front of the pack chasing Premier League promotion after City headed into the first international shutdown with 10 points from their opening five league games, despite failing to cash in to full effect against Bournemouth.

“We’d have settled for that return at this stage,” he said. “Of course I would have liked 15 points, and we tried to do everything we could to get the win against Bournemouth, but I just said to the players we are a touch disappointed because we have only drawn a game. That is a good sign because you don’t want to come in high fiving each other when you have taken a point at Carrow Road. It needs to be win, win all the time here and we know if we don’t then we have let points slip. We know how tough it is but, two points per game, I would certainly take that for the rest of the season because it would mean we are right up there challenging at the top.”

Adams admitted City failed to scale the heights of previous league wins at Carrow Road this season against a well-drilled Bournemouth.

“Listen, you’ll get games like this one and Bournemouth is a good team who look to dominate the ball,” he said. “There will be different tests to them this season.

“I spoke to Eddie (Howe) after the game and he said, ‘You’ve got a good team there’ and I said to him, ‘Your team is not so bad as well.’ I don’t think that game would have been out of place in the Premier League, certainly the way both teams tried to keep the ball and how they looked to move it. It was two teams who can pass and are comfortable moving that ball around the pitch.

“You see a lot of games where you get two or three passes and then a turnover and the cycle is repeated with a lot of long balls.

“You saw two teams here who like to get it down and play. That is probably why you wouldn’t say it was a thrilling game because it wasn’t end-to-end.

“We were pleased how we got on top in the second half and if there was one team who would have got the second goal it would have been us.”

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4 comments

  • Negative , negative , negative. Hughton Mark2. One lapse of concentration??? What about the other 45 minutes? No guts, not enough fire in the belly. Even clubs like Brentford and Rotherham have more spirit. Premiership club? Give me strength.

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    dwoody7

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • The biggest negative was failing to shake up the team and formation after they got the equaliser on half-time . With Grabban neutralised by his ex-team-mates , and the sides now level it was time to shake things up hard , and that didn't happen .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Totally agree Vic, Russell Martin is no centre back and is caught ball watching far too often, that led to the goal against on Saturday. Likewise, he is unable to pass the ball out of defence and as a result we were being closed down far too often leading to Ruddy booting the ball up field only for Bournemouth to pick it up. I am not even convinced that Martin is that good at right back for the same reason but at least we have Cuellar to come into the side and watching him last Tuesday, he seems to be very comfortable on the ball and made some decent forward passes. The big problem is his lack of pace so playing him with Turner may still give us problems. A quick footed centre back in the mould of John Polston would not go amiss.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Sorry but if Adams is happy with our back four then he can forget about being near the top of this division. They look slow and extremely vulnerable and will never last a full season without getting caught out on numerous occasions.

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    VictorM

    Monday, September 1, 2014

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