Norwich City boss Neil Adams rues pivotal penalty decision in Premier League draw at Chelsea

Norwich City's Martin Olsson is upended by Chelsea duo John Terry and Ashley Cole. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Martin Olsson is upended by Chelsea duo John Terry and Ashley Cole. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 5, 2014
7:00 AM

Neil Adams believes Norwich City were denied a blatant first half penalty that could have altered the course of their fight for Premier League survival.

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Martin Olsson tumbled under the attentions of Ashley Cole and John Terry inside the Chelsea penalty box but referee Neil Swarbrick elected to reject the visitors’ appeals. Adams was convinced at the time and nothing he saw afterwards on television replays altered his view.

Chelsea struck the woodwork in each half and felt they had strong penalty claims of their own at Stamford Bridge but Adams felt his side could have cashed in on a relegation lifeline.

“I thought we had a definite penalty that was denied us. If we got that, maybe we are leaving Stamford Bridge with three points rather than the one,” he said.

“Martin just gets the touch to take it away from Ashley Cole and John Terry’s momentum just takes him out.

“For me, that is not being biased, I thought it was a penalty and probably a red card; whether he adjudged Ashley Cole was in the vicinity of Terry on that score I don’t know but we just felt it was a penalty kick. Maybe those are the breaks you don’t get when you are at the bottom.

“The penalty is a little bit of a bitter pill to swallow. If we go 1-0 up then it is a different game.

“I spoke to the officials at half-time and they said they were not allowed to look at it. That is fair enough, but I have had a look and it is pretty clear it is a penalty.”

Adams was fulsome in his praise for the dogged visitors who belied their lowly status to keep the title-challengers at bay.

“I was immensely proud of the players. I thought it was a phenomenal performance,” he said. “You’ll have to excuse me but my voice has nearly gone. We had a game plan and the players executed it virtually to perfection.

“I would have liked a little bit more of an attacking threat from the players because Chelsea had a lot of the ball and put us under pressure and had we done that, who knows?”

Adams defended his decision to keep the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper in reserve for the final stages as Robert Snodgrass carved out the best counter-attacking chance from second-half substitute Nathan Redmond.

“We didn’t want to lose the game because if we had lost then we were down,” he said. “With Chelsea pushing to win the game I felt we could get a bit of pace on and exploit some opportunities to probably try and give (Gary) Cahill a little bit of a problem with Redmond.

“We did it at the right time but then when you come to those last five minutes you feel do you gamble and go for it but I still sensed there were bits and pieces there for us to counter. What we didn’t want to do is throw a few on, lose the game and then it was irrelevant.”

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32 comments

  • If you bother to look at the replay Malaga flier you will see that Schurla was not fouled. As for the JT on Oleson incident it was a stone wall pen and JT should have been off. But as usual the ref did not have the b***s to do it. But you can bet your bottom dollar if it had been the other way round he would have.

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    Egyptian canary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • While we are on the subject of "South of the border", I would like to congratulate Lowestoft Town for finally making it to the Conference at their 4th play-off attempt. though they are indeed, technically in the County of ipswich, I think you`ll find there is a lot of support for Norwich there. Also, a lot of the 2,697 fans who turned up to see their play-off triumph were from Norfolk. The local Green Jack Brewery, but a few paces from Crown Meadow, brewed a special beer in honour of NCFC`s promotion under Lambo - "Canary Premier". Let`s lobby for a Boundary change, or swap Lowstuff for Grate Foulmouth.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • DimBlue - At first I found you annoying but now I actually feel sorry for you. What is the point of you? You are making your self look sad and desperate. Surely there is more to your life than spending time on this website making remarks that nobody is interested in? However, it is more likely that your life is so dull and outside of this forum nobody listens to you or is interested in you and this is the only way of getting a little bit of attention.

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    andys

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Neil Adams had an impossible task handed to him just five days before the trip to Fulham. I for one have nothing but praise for how he has got this team playing in such a short time. I would also go as far as saying that if he had been appointed at Christmas we wouldn't now be in the place we now find ourselves. He has my endorsement for Manager for next season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Congratulations FINN.BLUE you have surpassed the usual nonsensical random selection of words posted from your close relatives. Mind you, whilst your posts score very low on originality (a lot less than the six fingers on your left hand I might add) you seem to have excelled (for someone south of the border) as far as punctuation, grammar, and spelling are concerned.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Just watched MOTD, Chelsea should have had 2 penalties, so to whinge about a very debatable one is once again sour grapes. Stop looking for excuses and face the facts, Norwich are not a Premier League club.

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    NB

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Why is evryone now saying we should have gone for broke and brought on our attacking options. Sorry, but I didn't see a good attacker on the bench there was only Hooper and Dogsdangle, hardly an attacking force to be reckoned with, and a snip for Hughton at 13 million quid. Says it all really doesn't it?

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    oldtimer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • DimBlue, you are coming across a little desperate now. Continually trying to wind up when is no one is really interested. Try to stop embarrassing yourself. Twit.

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    B Inners

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Interesting aside re Adams and the result yesterday. Jose said he was surprised Adams didn't go for the win. I think many managers would have done so because a point virtually sees us relegated anyway. The dilemma is that Adams probably doesn't much rate any of our front men. But I feel he should have gambled with Hooper. However in reality we only created three goalscoring opportunities, although Snodgrass should have done much better. Thought he'd cut inside as he always does, and onto his stronger left foot. But his first touch was poor and he ended up with too narrow an angle and his shot was cut out.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Was discussing the situation with my Belgian neighbour in Brussels and that we were almost certainly going down. Then added that this was not the first time in my 40 years as a Canary and was trying to remember how many it actually was - must be approaching double figures with this one. Should have been very avoidable but consigned to history very soon. Am actually reasonably positive about next season and would retain NA but with the right team around him. Next season we will need to attack and score goals - I think he can arrange that with the right squad. Assuming we're down anyway by the weekend would be great to see an all guns (no pun intended) blazing approach.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I'm afraid Adams was in it for himself yesterday. A point at Chelsea looks like a good performance, however under the circumstances it is not enough, so settling for it was no good. Adams did not want "played 5, lost 5" on his record, so he settled for a draw. Chelsea were there for the taking. Another reason why we are going down and sadly deserve to. I feel we have a good team that have been poorly managed all season. These players will leave and do better elsewhere under effective management. That is a sad fact that shows what could have been if our board had acted earlier. Team and club both badly mismanaged this season.

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    Crazy canary

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • STOP PRESS !! Lowestoft Town get promotion into the Conference South and Norwich will almost certainly go down. I make that only 3 divisions separating them.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I would say a satisfactory performance, Adams knew any further substitutions would mean defeat and down, at least we have two more days in the premiership at least!! Team sheet shows his thoughts on the big money signings, need a good clear out here including Hoolihan and Pilkington, all cameo players. Pity we can't hold onto the 12 from Chelsea game and build from there with the youngsters. OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I wouldn't worry too much about the blue chap MB turns out they never heard of him down South, he's just a kid having some fun. My people are on to it, a name should follow shortly.

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    Norfolk Boy

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Hats off to all those who predicted that 37 points would ensure another season in the premier league. Wasn't much to ask really, it's just that we didn't do it!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • NINE.FLUB is still as inarticulate as could possibly be. Punctuation, capitals, dont, chance`s, wed`s night, any way. You really are a dumbcluck, FB. A Dullard, par excellence.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • portaloo road will at least be full for one game next season if they dont go into administration.They Must have had seats for a pound on saturday or was it BOGOF.At least carrow road will be full for every league game!

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    tonyb

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I was going to make an observation that Paddy needs to get a Rogets Thesaurus, and find a different woebegotten word besides "RUES!" To me, RUES is the overworked Hughton expression. Neil Adams has enough on his plate without being lumbered with that soubriquet! AND.....it was not only a nailed on penalty, Terry should have been sent off..........but having said that, I did wonder if the ref let us off one in the 2nd half, to even up his mistake!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Fin Blue and Townman- No Misery here we will drop down a League give your mob a good beating home and away and then get promoted......unfortunately you lot will be stuck penniless hanging on in the Championship for years to come!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • FINN BLUE, I agree with your comments about Rip Van Winkle but I feel you missed an opportunity to add Hooper and Elmander to the list. What is it now seven goals between the three of them? Where do you think any of them will go?

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    waclor

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • If we are going to get straight back up to the EPL, then we need a "tried and trusted" manager. NA lost my vote Sunday by not going for the win late in the game with fresh legs - too much Hughton adversion to risk, which looks like it has cost us EPL status.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Rip van Winkle.... Wow what a player to have on your books one Goal i say again ONE Goal all season £8.5.million.should be Yen Expect that he and most others will out of the door very soon. Then you are stuck with a manager who nobody is certain of. Dont Fancy your chance's next season at all. Every one rant on about the 6 points against the Super Blues not so sure on that one at all. Any way you will be out of your misery come wed's night..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I agree with TonyB in that our penalty claim was the clearest cut one but the ref always seemed to favour the home side. Had it been awarded, I wonder who would have stepped up to take it, would Snodgrass have dared after all the flake he got for the one saved earlier in the season, it was saved rather than was missed in my opinion. Perhaps we could see Culverhouse return to be the new coach under Adams, is he still under suspension at the much disliked Villa I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Uh oh, Neils caught the Ruing disease. Foir heavens sake Paddy, words are your trade. get a thessaurus and some imagination.

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    waclor

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • more of a penalty than the one sunderland got at the bridge!Thought Adams got it spot on all game tactically.Howson was not much of a threat but would hooper or Rvw made an impact?Redmonds substitution was spot on and played in snods for that chance which had it been on his left foot he might have buried.Wouldnt mind if Adams got the job full time as long as he had experienced coaches along side him,(phelan,Bowen).Team looks more organised and disciplined with him in charge than it ever did with Hughton.

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    tonyb

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Trying to focus on the positives: a 12th clean sheet in the Premier league - that almost 13rd of the games. Ok, I'm now stuck. Potentially the basis for a good championship squad for next season - Martin, R Bennet, Turner, Olson, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Hooper, Fox, Surman, E Bennet, Redmand, Murphy x 2, Becchio, Pilkington if fit. With additions could mount a challenge for the play-offs, and get the feel good factor back. (note the names I have left off)

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Brew, I suspect Fry supplies the celebrity Mince.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Don't think I was clutching at any straws, or claiming it would have ended up as an NCFC win. I was simply pointing out the inconsistency of the two referees decisions. Welbeck has his arm brushed, so stabs his toe into the ground and takes a dive which is bought by the ref. Olsson gets tripped by Cole and taken out by Terry and nothing is given. Fingers crossed we see less diving in the Championship because it's ruining our game.

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    Double D

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Accurate assessment, malaga flier. The time for Y&G specs is long past. If we had, correctly, been awarded that early penalty, I suspect Chelsea`s hackles would`ve been up, prompted by the ire of The Specious One. They might`ve gone on to eviscerate us. As it was, we got a deserved point from a determined performance which was seen on TV - so some pride was reclaimed. If only we could`ve conjured up a few more performances like that. Too late now. We "should" have left Winkel in Portugal. We "should" have hired a more resourceful, ambitious and intelligent manager. We "should" have got shot of Hughton last November. In attempt to be positive, we "should" remember we were at the foot of L1 not so long ago. Norwich 1:Colchester 7. Next up; has the Board learned any lessons? Does it WANT to learn any lessons, or is it back to happy-clappy, smiley-wiley, nicey-wicey Dinner Parties with Stephen, Stefan & Hyacinth Bowkett? Macchianalli gets invited `cos he does all the work, and good ol` Michael Fowlger can come along `cos he supplies the Coq for St. Dee`s Vin. And a decent dollop of cash. What DOES Fry do??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Although a point leaves us with the slenderest of chances of staying up, the truth was, we needed to throw the kitchen sink at it during those final 15 minutes and I am convinced that we should have brought Hooper on to bolster our attack. I would have taken Howson off as he was not being influential enough, yes that may have given all three points to Chelsea but at least we would have given it a fair go rather than settle for a single point. I certainly sit on the fence as to if Neil Adams is the man to bring us back up next season, he was given an almost impossible job but perhaps could have done with management experience at a lower league level first. I cannot question his enthusiasm nor his pride for the club and in many respects it is a shame we do not run a reserve league these days or he could have cut his senior management teeth there.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Sorry but this is clutching at straws because Chelsea had a blatant penalty claim which the ref also ignored. While we put up a spirited fight once again our weakness in midfield and up front were exposed because we don't have the pace nor nor the nous to take advantage of counter-attacks, which away from home are the normal route to goals. This has been apparent all season. Sunderland have the ability to spring on the offensive with pace and they are running into space, giving them the opportunity to select decent forward passes. We have simply not been good enough as all the stats prove. We have been surrendering too easily in many games, cannot get players forward quickly enough to present problems to our opponents and have no firepower up front, hence the pathetic and embarrassingly small goals tally.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Definitely more of a penalty than Welbeck's theatrics last week at Old Trafford. May not have been a red card because he'd lost control of the ball, but a stone wall pen.

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    Double D

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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