Neil Adams urges his men to write themselves into Norwich City folklore

Grant Holt savoured Norwich City's 5-1 Championship win at Ipswich on their last visit to Suffolk. Picture: Paul Chesterton. Grant Holt savoured Norwich City's 5-1 Championship win at Ipswich on their last visit to Suffolk. Picture: Paul Chesterton.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:30 AM

Norwich City manager Neil Adams will deliver a simple message to his players before the return of the East Anglian derby – go and write yourself into Canaries’ folklore.

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Grant Holt’s mocking celebration has become an iconic image in the annals of recent cross-border battles against Ipswich, after City’s 5-1 win on the club’s last visit to Suffolk in 2011.

Leon McKenzie’s Norwich career was also indelibly linked to his debut day brace in a 2-0 Portman Road league win back in 2003, and Adams will remind his men these are the tussles they will be remembered for.

“They’ve all played in derbies, whether in this country or abroad, so players know the significance,” he said. “It means so much to the fans and it’s why we remember these matches for the right reasons and sometimes the wrong reasons.

“Does it fire you up a little bit more? Probably. Should it? Probably not, but players are human and we will make sure they will be ready to embrace all that goes with this type of game.”

Self-belief is one trait Adams insists Norwich will not lack at Portman Road. The Canaries’ manager admitted it felt like the good times had returned to Carrow Road after watching a thrilling Championship home win over Blackburn during the week following on from another attacking display in the emphatic victory over Watford.

Adams knows he has the talent and the goalscoring threat at his disposal, but he also senses a growing confidence inside the City dressing room.

“I always place the emphasis on how noisy they are around each other,” he said. “When it’s quiet that is the time you worry. You hear them coming out to training and they are winding each other up and bantering each other and that is great because you know they are going to work at a high intensity and you are building into a game in the right manner.

“Players are looking forward to games now and enjoying how we are trying to play and that is reflected in performances.”

Adams believes it is vital to have plenty of strong characters for the challenges ahead.

“That is what makes a team for me, a happy, lively and loud dressing room normally lends itself to a side that performs,” he said. “I could be a bit mouthy on the pitch and probably got a few too many yellow cards as a result, but you can not underestimate the importance of the players being happy in each other’s company.

“The opposite is also true. If you have a dressing room that is a bit strained it doesn’t take a genius to work out that is not going to be conducive to players fighting and pulling for each other on the pitch.”

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24 comments

  • Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Letsby; Fison`s evolved from a company that made money from creating fertilizer out of fosslized dinosaur p00. It merged with James Fison of Thetford almost 100 years ago. About 20 years ago, the company was subsumed into Rouen Poulonkers, a fully owned subsidiary of Ar-chant, which also peddles buII$#!^. Top tenuous, eh? ;-) Funnily enough, the original company was called Edward "Packard"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Letsby, I`m a geriatric. I just "type young". I can remember Munton`s when it was Munton & Fison. ToGaWaSy; LYB & Canarygirl still have posters of Roland von Hundsdoengle on their bedroom ceilings. Fact. Don`t ask me how I know...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Yo Adams, you did it!

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    uk/usa Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • It is being reported in a number of Belgian publications, ScotCan. It looks like a good call if it is true.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Have a wonderful birthday Stew, and lets hope there are plenty of [NCFC] goals to celebrate

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Rumours on the web that City have agreed a fee for central midfielder Vadis Odjidja-ofoe of FC Brugge in Belgium as a Fer-replacement. Anyone heard anything else along these lines?

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Battery Bunny, Surely a Royal Artillery pin up aka Pictures of Lily.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • What is wrong with this site today. Words I'm trying to use include pin up, artillery, heroine and lily. Make what you will of this.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • MB, you must be older than you look remembering Fisons. Like ITFC they had their 15 minutes of fame in the dim and distant past but like the alledged football team they have faded into obscurity.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • ethered again, Archie you're the pits

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Good timing Stew and many happy returns of the day! I will be watching in similar circumstances. OTBC.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Eureka! Duracell. Pa`s presence inspired me to remember. P.S. - are you hinting that Stew & Pa are but alter egos? You`ve been sharing Ma`s dumplings all along?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Tim Sherwood was top of my list at the time. I thought his abrasive, brash persona might shake the complacency out of the Boardroom. The Directors thought likewise, which ruled out young Timothy pronto. I think Malky`s been stitched up. Hell hath no fury like a megalomaniac scorned. Saw MM on the news this morning. I hope that not too many people take the "moral high ground" on this. There have been examples of worse stuff on these message boards! Malky`s not a bad person. Mr Ed; agree 100% about Bradders. When Tettey first arrived, it seemed to perk Johnson up. Then Tetts had form and injury issues. Now, that synergy seems to be working again. Brad is on record as admiringly calling Alex "the **** battery bunny" from the TV advert. Forgotten the brand - must be a good advert!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I miss Grant Holt. Going to wear my lucky moustache today so I can dance around like him when we score.

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    MellowYellow

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Happy Birthday Stew! I knew we had much more than Ma's Dumplings, and a keen interest in Norwich City in common! Just had a look at the Ipswich Newspaper site . They are either not interested in the 'Derby' or a bit backward into putting their thoughts into print! It's 9.30am BST, and I expect they are getting themselves out of bed. One things for certain 'They won't be having a 'Pheasant Plucking' day. I expect that Brew will get himself into a right bundle of knots trying to sort this out!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I’m sure like many others, I was underwhelmed when NA was appointed manager, but after the revelations of the last couple of days, it has become obvious why Malky didn’t get the job (wouldn’t have wanted him to get it anyway). NA seems to have really got the players fired up since the opening day of the season if our 2 home games are anything to go by (when last did BJ have 2 shots on target, never mind score 2 cracking goals!!) and whatever the outcome of today’s game, I’m looking forward to an exciting season ahead!!! Happy birthday Stew and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the game!!!! OTBC

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    Mr Ed

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Happy birthday, Uncle Stew. For some reason, I`d always imagined your birthday fell on December 25th... Is Ma bringing you round her dumplings? Why isn`t Pa invited to your Big-Screen Bonanza??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • .....It's my birthday today!....not oneupmanship... We all have one!...The bloke who fiddled the fixtures has done me proud!...Sky have kindly decided to screen the match....My daughter has invited me to her home to watch on a 52in Panasonic TV...Just 4 of us will be watching with uninterupted views and enough atmosphere to gladden the heart....What could possibly put a spanner in that....Don't even think about it!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Bogaz; this PU match coverage, is it the updated state of the game with a few summary comments? I sometimes look at that at half time if I`m at home listening to the match on Radio Partridge. On the EDP page; presumably it`s the same as the Pasteurization Unit one? Today, I`m off to a hostelry in the Fine City of Naaaridge to watch it on Telly, with a few pints of Nelson`s Revenge for company. "Welcome to Norfolk. Nelson`s County"... (happy memories of my daily drive to work from Suffolk). The return trip gave me "Welcome to Suffolk. Fison`s County". This I greeted with a single-finger salute.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • ... interesting comment ref. "a dressing room that is a bit strained". It looks like he`s filtered out any causes of that. Well done, Neil.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I will be sitting outside in 34 degrees with a beer and my laptop ( PU Match Coverage MB) to keep up to date. Feeling confident? Only if Josh starts.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I can`t recall Adams being particularly "mouthy" on the pitch. He certainly comes across as relatively mild mannered these days. Let`s hope his velvet glove hides an iron fist. Contrast Chrissy, whose hesitant manner betrayed a wet lettuce. Mixed metaphors over...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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