Neil Adams vows Norwich City will be up for the Capital One League Cup against Crawley

Norwich Manager Neil Adams during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich Manager Neil Adams during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
8:52 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Crawley Town can forget any complacency from the Canaries in tonight’s Capital One Cup, second round tie at Carrow Road (KO 7:45pm).

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City’s East Anglian rivals Ipswich lost to the League One Reds in the previous round and Adams has no desire to be another scalp for John Gregory’s League One side.

“They did beat Ipswich, which is an interesting one, and I tell you what you get with any team, particularly when they are in a lower division than you are, is they have nothing to lose,” he said. “They see it as an opportunity to make a name for themselves and what happens is we will lose this game if we don’t treat it properly. That is guaranteed. Of course we want to win and we give Crawley every bit of respect we showed opponents in the Premier League and this season as well. Make no mistake if we are not at it they will kick our backsides. We have a good squad and players want to get in the team and are probably frustrated because we are winning games. It is a great opportunity to give one or two a chance to show me what they can do.”

Jonny Howson, Gary Hooper and Ryan Bennett are definitely ruled out through injury but the likes of new signings Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome are in line for Norwich debuts. Adams also confirmed midfielder Andrew Surman is in his thoughts after being left out for Saturday’s 1-0 Championship derby win at Portman Road.

“Yes of course he is,” he said. “He has been offered a contract here and I have said it many times now he is one I want to keep. He is deciding on what he wants to do but he certainly comes into the equation along with the other two who are certainly in my thinking. Obviously I need to get them game-time. They only joined us recently but they are two very good players and I want them to show me that. We have nine days left before the window closes to make sure we formulate a squad that takes us through to January and some of those here now will get the chance to prove they can have a big part to play.”

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  • And with regard to Neil Adams use of the Vernacular , he has yet to master three crucial aspects - 1 ) the Imperative form of the word " Do " ( As in " Dew the team'll hatta dew wot I tellem to dew , dew they dunt dew ther'll be trouble ! " ; - 2 ) the " Rotating Society " ( = " Well I tun aroun ter him , 'n that there ref tun aroun ter me , and then the crowd all tun aroun 'n staart hullin abuse " ) and 3 ) Malapropisms ( as in " Polaroid " missiles , them there "Incompetence "pants , and " Prostrate " glands . AND he does not refer to his car as " the Moh'uh " . However , dew he stay down hair long enough Um shure he'll tun around to us one day and proudly announce " Ah goh'uh boy ! ! ! "

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • An unreliable witness alleges S B was seen hunched over a set of recalcitrant gang-mowers at Colney , engaged in the Krypton-Factor-esque task of getting all three to cut at the same height so as not to produce a Gingham pattern on the pitches there , but I dismiss that as wild rumour . Perhaps the Homer-inspired Mr Davit will tell us in due course that like Achilles , he is metaphorically sulking in his well-woven tent . Quite how he gained the status of Team Demon is something I dont understand , but if he IS being a nuisance then shoot him out the door on a free to wherever will take him say I , no room for passengers .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • With reference to Bassong - no amount of prudent "man management" would be able to bring an arrogant ,disruptive influence back on board. He should be gone from Carrow Road . I think that when players get too big for their boots they should go and wear out somebody else's carpets. Enough!- move him on.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Indeed, Bassong can take his experienced, international quality, backside and opinion to some other club who'll fulfil his desires .......... I see no future here, so jog on Seb you're wasting the twilight of your career, imho that is.......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Wild assumptions help nobody.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Who says he is on £50k a week? Where do you get your 'facts' from? You can substantiate this ....how? I doubt he was EVER on that much. It has also been stated by the board that every single player had a contract clause resulting in reduced salaries in the case of relegation to the championship.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • If Bass is not `on board`, the club should not be throwing him £50k a week!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Bassong's inclusion or exclusion will have nothing to do with his ability and everything to do with his attitude. A good man manager will get him on board, another good test for NA.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Sense a different approach from days gone bye here. It would be good to see some of the first team get a rest for the weekend and get both the new boys and the "fringe" players game time. Sounds that it will Surman's decision as to where he ends up! With the recent injuries at the back possible chance for Bassong to make or break for a place? OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • I hope our loocal dialect Guru, Steady, isn`t too displeased by Neil`s surrender to pure Naaarfuk\Naaaridge vernacular; "... an` oll tell yer waat, bor... etc". ;-) Thass unny took abow` 20 yares fer Neil ter git loocaloized. Umma tellin on yer... Will Bassong be in the squad? Becchio?? Is Surs signing for The Cherries??? Le`ss give them parsh Suthenners a good troshin`. Shame that Adams has retreated from being Adamant to being merely insistent. Might be good to give Gary O`Neil a start and Wessi a rest. Also "the likes of" Jerome & Cuellar, as young Paddy points out. Josh, also. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • NA will have experienced our cup 'no shows' from the same angle as us. I feel a good performance coming on.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Agree Dubai, we've got a strong enough squad to be able to rest two or three and see what some of the other lads can do. It'll not be a weak team so no disrespect to Crawley, they will be full of confidence and looking to take us down a peg or two.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Definitely a chance to give some game time to the squad members and the new lads. We need the big guns firing again on Saturday, so no need to run too many of the first team out tonight. Give the others a chance to shine !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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