Norwich City’s Neil Adams plans to harness the element of surprise against Wolves

Norwich boss Neil Adams did not see Martin Olsson's altercation with the official after his second yellow card in the 1-0 Championship defeat at Wolves. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich boss Neil Adams did not see Martin Olsson's altercation with the official after his second yellow card in the 1-0 Championship defeat at Wolves. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 8, 2014
6:30 AM

Neil Adams aims to catch rival boss Kenny Jackett off guard when he unveils his Norwich City starting line up for the big Championship kick-off at Wolves.

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The Canaries’ final pre-season friendly outing against Celta Vigo looked to contain plenty of clues to Adams’ mindset for Sunday’s Molineux opener, but the City chief has spent the summer ensuring his charges are as unpredictable as possible.

“No, Celta was not the starting line up I have in mind,” he said. “We made a little change to the formation from how we had set-up before that because it’s the first time we had a chance to play Lewis (Grabban) and Kyle (Lafferty) together and that has been the frustrating thing for me. I wouldn’t read into it that will be my Wolves line up.

“I just felt we needed to have a look at that and ideally it would have come a few games earlier this summer. That wasn’t possible so it’s not guaranteed to be my starting line up at Wolves but it has given us an idea.

“You are going to have to have a plan B and a plan C and not just from game to game but during matches. You saw that against Vigo that I changed it second half and it got us a foothold in the game and we could have nearly won it. For me, that is the game as a manager - being tactically aware to react.”

Adams knows the true test of his planning will come in the Black Country and during the opening skirmishes ahead.

“I’m really pleased overall with the games and the camps we had in St George’s Park and Italy but of course it all counts towards what happens on Sunday,” he said. “I think the preparations have been good, the fitness work we have done has been excellent and the players have been receptive to what I want to do in terms of trying different formations.

“We have not just stuck to the tried and tested and we are going to have show that in the Championship without a shadow of doubt. The only thing I would have liked to avoid is the injuries and niggles.”

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29 comments

  • Q.E.D. M'lud. Mind you, I have to agree, first Saturday in, no points, no goals, Adams out!

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • 'We could have nearly won it' when we were out played by a much better side-what planet is he on! I fear he will be saying the same thing at the end of the season!

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    borderman

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Borderman, does anyone ever have problems distinguishing you from a ray of sunshine? No games played yet and Adams is clearly out of his depth, we're doomed!

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Aah, LincsCan, so a yamyam is a bit like a bifid yam, then? Wonderfully descriptive word. There`s some sort of Midland chappie lives around here. He says "termarrah" for "tomorrow" but I suspect it`s an affectation to stanf aloof from we Norfolk numpt!es... Is a yamyam shaped like Baldrick`s buttox, then...?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Lincs Canary - spot on. Yam yams also commonly found supporting Birmingham and Baggies. Not known for their knowledge of anything related to football. OTBC

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    midlandcanary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Did Adams really say that rubbish about plan b and c? I feel reality will hit him soon in that he is out of his depth!

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    borderman

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Do yamyams drive brum-brums and wear baggies.Cos from here they all sound the same.City to win by 3

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • "Yam yam" features in the urban dictionary and refers to how some people who dwell in the west midland's Black Country say "yam" rather than "you am". The strong dialect it forms a part of is confined to a very small area. Those who speak it are referred to as "Yamyams". Wolverhampton is, I believe, the unofficial capital of Yamyamland. There is also a "breed" of edible tuber vegetables known as yamyam. You can see pictures of these on the web, most being of a rude and amusing shape, just like Baldrick would appreciate. And now, back to the football...

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Do you think the Yamyams still have that "You've Let Us Down Again" banner they had lovingly prepared before the Playoffs Semi? A great example of positive thinking. Miserable g1ts, mind you they have a lot to be miserable about.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • He certainly talks the talk, haven't heard Adams big up the opposition yet, oh I forgot clueless Chris isn't manager anymore, is he still signing on? OTBC

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I'm feeling almost grandiose, in terms of positivity today, and am predicting that City will play like Germany, and Wolves will try and emulate Brazil. And, can someone tell me how to find this very interesting Mick Dennis article. I went on the news now site, and got zilch

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Dont tell me I missed a wolves fan being rude via the power of the internet. Wow! Ill have to scroll down and check this out Brew. Still amazes me why fans choose to do that. I type fairly large posts but they honestly take me seconds to do, rather than the hours people assume. However even at my speed I really wouldnt go searching for a Wolves (for example) fan message board or forum, spend time registering an account etc just to type a 1 sentence wind up message. Madness.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Neachell`s? Isn`t that the pub with the `Number of the Beast` minus `Nelson`? 555, Willenhall Rd? I still don`t know what a Yamyam is. Is it a character from Gilbert & Sullivan? A bifid Yam? Presumably Mr. Davies is a Wolves supporter. Not as pleasant as the Brum ones, or even those from Villa. Then, it IS Wolverhampton. Ye gods.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I get the feeling Wolves being the home team and having a lot of passionate fans behind him will ensure they dont lose. Likewise if it was another other week of the season i'd likely back NCFC to win but being first game, facing wolves at worst time and not wanting to start off with a loss I get the feeling we may be in for a draw.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The first weekend of a new season tends to throw up some very unpredictable results - whatever league you are in. However, we've got to go to Wolves and make a point, set the bar, so all other teams take note.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Agree Dingo! I enjoy reading a lot of what Mick Dennis has to say even if his writing is sometimes swayed by his love for NCFC. Didnt enjoy it so much last season considering he is a 'pal' of Hughton though. He just refused to see anything wrong in what was happening until it was too late.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • More positive comments which bodes well. Wolves will be not an easy place to go but we also should be viewed as not an easy team on the road which has been our Achilles heel on occasion hopefully in the past! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Is the Neachells open JD? Used to go to Inmont Paint in Well Lane for work. Best pub was the Tiger.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • El ding-o rather be a yamyam than a sheep s*****r smelling of dung.

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    John Davies

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • What a Willy, so did a lot of teams in league one! Play silly games if you want Adams it won't work!

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    John Davies

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Having just spent 2 weeks in Cyprus with 6 City fans we came to the conclusion that if, by some miracle, NA can make us pass the ball to someone in the same coloured shirt and actually shoot towards the net we will get promotion. So simple eh?

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Has Neil been reading Harry Potter?

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    cutty

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Just read Mick Dennis via NewsNow. Recommended reading!

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Thats 3 more plans than CH had!

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    dave123

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Morning Brew - I think you can get rid of the yamyams with a wire brush and dettol.

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Repeatedly blocked. Neil saying all the right things. Who are the Yamyams??

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Agree there Mikel. Adams` spell on Radio Partridge has honed his skills in saying the right things. Over the last two seasons, many fans have opined that the previous manager had no plan B. (As it turned out he had no Plan A either). Also that he was incapable of making tactical assessments and changes during a game, as indicated by a total failure to produce purposeful or timely substitutions. So Neil is saying all the right things here. Now it`s time to `walk the walk`. Fingers crossed...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Very encouraging. Looking forward to being at first game. At least being in the Championship means I can get to more games with less travelling. Will be looking for bragging rights over the Yamyams round here

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    midlandcanary

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • I like what I'm hearing. Let's hope the reality matches the planning. Wolves will be quite a handful I expect, and hoping to repeat a CitySouthampton double promotion, so they shouldn't be under-estimated. Still Grabban looks like real quality based on his finishes in the warm up games, and that might be the difference.

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    MikelSA

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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