Norwich City boss Neil Adams looks to instil the fear factor at Carrow Road

Norwich manager Neil Adams wants to instil a fear factor for opponents at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Neil Adams wants to instil a fear factor for opponents at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 16, 2014
7:30 AM

Neil Adams is striving to turn Norwich City into a feared fighting force at Carrow Road.

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The bullish Canaries’ chief wants to serve up a hot reception for Watford in Saturday’s first home tussle of the new season.

“We’ve got to go and take the bull by the horns and impose ourselves on it,” he said. “We are playing at home so I am not going to pick a team concerned to thwart the opposition. I will pick a team with a view to making them concerned about us. That is how it has to be. It’s different in the Premier League with the quality you face when you play a Liverpool or Manchester United or Arsenal if you want to compare it to the Championship. Of course you look at the opposition and you respect them but what I don’t want is for us to be fearful.”

Adams knows that means unearthing a killer instinct after failing to impose themselves on Wolves in last weekend’s opening league defeat at Molineux. The City boss is demanding a ruthless edge to his attacking policy this coming season.

“Certainly we want to create more, to have more shots on the goal,” he said. “We have looked back at that (Wolves) game and there were five or six excellent opportunities and the decision-making needed to be better and if it was we would have had pretty much open goals; situations where we have taken a shot perhaps when we should have looked to slide someone in. I took a lot of positives but we lost the game and that is not good enough.”

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38 comments

  • Nobody`s moaning Randy; it`s the grouse season now. Malapropism; a wonderful phenomenon, `Bring On Foggo`. You do get choice ones in Naarfuk. I overheard a chap in a pub talking about "Acropolis Now". In Edinburgh, I once heard that left-wing political movement referred to as "The Millicent Tendency". Paul Merson, guest punditing on the Beeb, once referred to "Cinnamon Jackson". A tag that stuck a bit. You hear the best ones on the train to Sheridan. Such a laugh. Much Rivalry ensued... Bowdlerism. Dr. Bowdler even disoffensificated Shakespeare. I wonder, does one of his descendants run Archie`s Moderator Dept? Terrific. Respect, BOFoggo ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Well done ! There may be something in this positive thinking stuff! BRILLIANT ! Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Just what the doctor ordered.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • 3-0 so far who is doing all the moaning now time to give N A more support and less moaning. otbc.

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    Randy

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • He has certainly instilled fear in me . " Like the Roman , I see the Wensum running salt with tears " . Norfolk is of course the natural home of malapropism , and so I credit " That there Eunuch Powell " for inspiring this ( bowdlerised ) quotation .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • In the picture above , witness Neil's steely eyed determined glare- he looks really scary! BRILLIANT! Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • We have heard this from Gunn Hughton now Adams the only fear other teams have is going away with less than a 3 goal win

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    El tel

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I remember going to the first home game after our last relegation full of confidence and optimism. We lost 7-1. I have seen nothing to make me confident at all under Adams. Fingers crossed for a game we really have to win for all sorts reasons.

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    jigs69

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • The fear factor has long been established at Carrow Road - the fear of winning.

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    Johny

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Above any other sort of improvement from last season the one we have yet to see is the ability to fight back from going a goal or 2 down.That's my test for NCFC this season.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • 3-2-3-2 - Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, GaridoOlsen, Tettey, Johnson, Fer, BennettMurphy, Hoolahan, GrabbanHooper, Lafferty - maybemaybe not today, but sometime in the future??

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I'm getting into this positive thinking malarkey ! It will all be BRILLIANT ! Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • The team selection will be interesting today as will the formation. Lady luck turned against us last weekend or should that be the Ref, otherwise we would probably have snatched a draw. Yes Wolves had more of the game up to the sending off but that is par for the course in away games for most teams. All fans need to be behind the club right now, or at least all those attending today, I shall be there as usual and will give them my full support, whoever is wearing the shirt.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • @Brew: Surprised no posts from Pa Snipps. Going to Morrisons before the game takes on a different aspect. Hope Kale Lafferty scores today. I'll pass on a pint in the King Edward. Etc etc etc

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Well said Rosario. A little bit of balance is what's required this early in the season. Things will take a little while to settle. Must admit that I'm a little concerned after last week's display but keeping the optimism for now. Can't believe people are actually calling for Adams' head already. After Lafferty's promising appearance last week I'm really looking forward to seeing him cause problems for opposition defences this year. If he doesn't start today I will start to worry a little more about how Adams sees things.

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    SplatTheCat

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Well said Rosario. Sick of the gloom and negativity on here. Todays game will be tough and Watford will be there or thereabouts come May. Another defeat and the whingeing will be deafening. It's going to be a long hard season and infighting will help no-one. Looking forward to seeing how O'Neil fares today. Think he will prove to be a shrewd acquisition.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Well said Neil ! BRILLIANT ! Go for it Neil!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • You are a greedy g!t, Dubya ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • borderman

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Why did NCFC give a 4 year contract to Neil Adams ..... monthly rolling contract to start and earn a 4 year deal !!!! Haven said that good luck for today neil

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Brew, I am going to drink a gallon of the new elixir and see if it does the trick against Watford ! If it does I will share the joy......

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Its working. I'm fearful every time I go to Carrow Rd.Wondering what the performance is going to be

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    mossey

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Is that all you are saying, el dingo... Yours sincelery, Gek ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Fair enough, Dubai. I have enjoyed the little bits of joshing we`ve exchanged over the last two seasons. Now, if we are of an accord, all that fun will be lost to me. Perhaps it`s time for a bit of Role Reversal? First step; send me your entire stock of Pollyanna Potion. Not just the cheapo UK Market stuff, but the Premier Cru as well. I look forward to receiving it PDQ. ;-) Btw: we are not quite in full agreement; I think we had 3 great seasons under Lambo and both of Hughton`s were dire. He got out of jail free the first time, while we were condemned to another season of him (nearly). Talk about punishing the innocent...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Hey Wivenhoe - give peas a chance.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • We are a team coming from the premiership,with much of the squad still intact. Now playing in what is supposed to be lesser quality league we should be I stilling fear every match, not just at home.

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    JB

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Victor - annoyed at Neil Adams because the EDP recycles stories and posts them on their website. As good as it gets. Do you like to remain in a state of "Constantly Mad"? Your friends and family must adore you.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I don't know why all the optimism has vanished after one game. Adams did as much as could be expected with the games he had left last season including very encouraging performances at home to Liverpool and away at Chelsea. Pre season was good, we looked dangerous and inventive at times against Nice and Celta Vigo. I still suspect Fer and Redmond will leave before the deadline but at the moment they're here so we've retained the vast majority of a squad that I think we'd all agree was good enough to have retained premiership status last year. One defeat away by the odd goal is what you're basically hanging the guy for, if we win the next two or three you'll all sing a different tune. He may turn out to be hopeless but we don't know yet and I don't think you can judge before he's even bossed a home game in this league.

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    Rosario

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Hi MB, sorry to depress you this early on in the season ! I do however think that after four great years (and now one bad one) we are now on a downturn in our fortunes. The CH era, relegation, the NA appointment, the cameo of Joe Royal, the badly organized pre season tour, the bl**dy awful showing last week and now the on-going exodus of players all point to this. There is no point in painting a picture that all is rosy at Carrow Road when it clearly is not. City fans are still upset from the mismanagement of last season - they demand a response - and that means a team that performs and delivers NOW !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • We are getting fed up listening now as Adams continue spouting the bl88ding obvious. The times come for him to stop rabbiting and start producing something worth talking about. We are a week into the new season and he still does not know his best team, he gets a new striker and promptly puts him on the bench, he doesn't know what players will still be here tomorrow and he apparently does not know who he wants to join the club. Get a grip for goodness sake as you are getting a reputation for being the boards puppet.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • On the bright side, three Mirror pundits have us as their choice for champions this season. The most votes go to Wigan. Agree with MB, whatever anyone thinks about Pulis he will not come to Norwich for a variety of reasons, the main one being we already have a manager on a 4 year contract who saw off worldwide competition. I am still in the give NA a chance boat but he does need that first win, so as Steady On says, smash em.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I like brocolli, runner beans, carrots etc vegetables arnt that bad. dont diss the mange tout

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Spot on Dubai, let the performance on the pitch instill the fear factor in the opposition. Is anyone scared by words used in a press conference, doubt it.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Hi, Dubya. You are a remodelled version of last season`s Primo Pollyanna! How did you obtain this new realism? In my darkest moments during the Hughton misery, I clung to your eternal optimism (and that wonderful Pollyanna Potion you kindly sent me). To paraphrase George Orwell; "If there is hope is is with Dubya...". Now I have nowhere to find solace, other than real success in real footy matches against real teams. Please may we have our old jolly Dubai Canary back? Pretty please. ;-) Btw; Never a great fan of Sony Tulip but he did draw some compliments, last season, for the way Palace played decent football under his command. More to the point, he kept them up, after taking over in November when they had amassed a mighty 4 points. There`s no point in even thinking about him anyway. I suspect he`ll have lucrative pundit work aplenty until he rejoins a Premiership team. That`s if he wants to. He left Palace for similar reasons to those which would render Norwich of no interest to him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Goddam, we have got some right vegetables for fans these days... Can't wait for the game, hope we smash em' and really annoy all the city "Fans" calling for Pulis (yes, Tony Hoofball Pulis of all people) to be our manager.

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    Steady On

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Good morning Dubai! Our similar thinking postings arrived at the same time! We shall meet later on PU Match Coverage and see for ourselves if the 'Brave New World' has arrived.........or not.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I hope I am wrong BUT who else used to say " We took a lot of positives our of the game"? And what happened to him? We lost a game we should have won and Watford will be tougher. I fear Mr Adams' clock is ticking if we don't start to actually score goals. 2 in 6 games isn't very many. OTBC

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • The way to install the fear factor would be in beating teams who come to Carrow Road 5-0 on a regular basis. Time to stop making excuses and start laying down some markers Neil ! We have to put last weeks disaster showing behind us and hit the straps.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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