Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Neil Adams would settle for a repeat of his last coaching trip to Stamford Bridge after plotting Chelsea’s downfall in the FA Youth Cup final.
The young Canaries defied the odds to triumph 3-2 in last season’s second leg for a thrilling 4-2 aggregate win.
“I’ve got very good memories of the place,” he said. “Everyone knows we were successful so if there are any coincidences or traces of luck hopefully that will be the same again. I don’t think anybody outside of Norfolk gives us a chance on Sunday. Chelsea are going for the title, we are in the bottom three. It doesn’t take a genius to work out who the neutral might fancy to win the game. It was exactly the same in that second leg. No-one gave us a chance of winning the tie against a really expensively assembled young Chelsea side so in that respect it is very similar to now. You have to get the players right and get them believing they can go there and cause an upset in the same circumstances.”
Adams sought to downplay the significance of slipping into the bottom three ahead of the trip to west London, after Sunderland hammered Cardiff City to cash in on Norwich’s eighth consecutive away league defeat of 2014 at Old Trafford.
“It isn’t a nice feeling. I think we have known for a while it was going to be tough and of course you want to be above that line but if you are asking me does it affect us? Probably not, no, because you are still going about the job in the same way,” he said. “When you look at that table it is not where you want to be and it just emphasises what the importance is of these last two games. It is going to take a huge effort and we can’t have any regrets. We have to go to Stamford Bridge and put in a performance that gives us everything we have got. If we achieve that and get something then we need the same against Arsenal. We have to be confident and we have to believe in ourselves.”