Norwich City will not bottle a Premier League survival scrap

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass drew praise from Neil Adams for his performance in a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass drew praise from Neil Adams for his performance in a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City chief Neil Adams insists he has the characters to win a Premier League survival fight after hailing Robert Snodgrass’ ‘mind-boggling’ display at Fulham.

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The 26-year-old flourished at the tip of a midfield diamond in a line up that also featured the likes of fit-again duo Michael Turner and Leroy Fer.

Adams is confident City will not wilt over a daunting run-in against the elite, starting with title-favourites Liverpool’s Easter Sunday visit.

“I said we needed big characters and in terms of ticking that box anyone who watched the (Fulham) game would agree,” he said. “Robert Snodgrass was mind boggling the amount of effort he put in and he typified how hard we worked as a side. Michael would fit into that category and we all know what he brings. He hasn’t played for a while but he gives everything, he is whole-hearted, he is committed and he is a good player.

“From day one all I have wanted was a reaction from the players. To a man they have done that. I can’t fault it at all. We just have to focus on taking chances.”

Adams is confident the Canaries did not suffer a terminal blow in their survival battle with that damaging Craven Cottage defeat.

“I don’t think there will be any negativity set in now. I have been in the job six or seven days and if that was going to surface I felt it would be at Fulham,” he said. “People would have probably turned up wondering how we would perform or whether we had thrown the towel in.

“Anyone who was at the game would see we did anything but that. There was a lot of disappointment but with that same effort and commitment it can only be positive for us.

“If we do go behind we certainly showed the spirit is there. No heads went down. If anything they rolled up their sleeves and re-doubled their efforts.”

Adams is under no illusions his brief is to pick up points rather than simply raise performance levels between now and the final reckoning on May 11.

“Football is about winning games and picking up points but in a lot of aspects the players were first class. I will be demand that of them in the last four games,” he said. “I’ve been in the game long enough to know a defeat at any level is tough, but we realise what is at stake. You are never happy in defeat.”

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  • Latest post failed, message "may be delay, no need to resubmit". All been there. Anyway, I always like to follow up with the one saying nothing which, as you see, always goes through.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I like the positivity from Adams and believe the players, whoever he picks, will give it their all in the daunting matches we have left. It simply comes down to while there are games to play we have hope. Hope that Liverpool are too cocky (is that allowed?), hope that Man U are lacklustre, hope that Chelsea have their minds on Europe, hope that Arsenal don't need a win for top four. If those hopes are realised then maybe just enough points will come our way. I hope so.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I don't think that the manager sets the transfer price, but he will have said whether he wanted Chris Martin or not. The execs would then be looking at what they could get for him v the salary commitment. There will (I hope) have been some calculation. People are our greatest assets, all assets depreciate in time. Please collect your certificate of depreciation as you leave.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Nope, haven't over the past few years. Tired of seeing his lumbering slowness either allow people to easily touch the ball around him with no chance of recovery or scoring countless own goals on plain stupidity. The best CB pairing for this team is Bassong and Yobo (and yes, I know how unhappy people are with Bassong, but outside of 4 really bad games he's actually been one of the strongest players at the club). I'd even rather see Bennett over Turner, and that's saying something...

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • You don`t rate Turner then, jaemae? Personally, I think Leon Barnett is better than he is. Another good ex-Canary CB is Jason Shackell - on the brink of the Premiership with Burnley. Derby could be in the play-offs, so Chris Martin may be back. Good business by Derby that, getting a 20+ goal striker, aged 24\5, for free. Cannot believe a Prem manager would have let that happen.... Oh, yes I can, it was Superhoots. Norwich, as a club, has lost the plot. Key people may have different agendas, eg. I`m all right, Jack, pull the ladder up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • All we can do is hope for the best, this article is in the realms of reality although nothing can be taken for granted. Like all true NC fans I hope the team manage to stay up and then strengthen for next season's campaign. We definitely need a target man and goal scorer, whether we remain in the Premiership or not.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • God help us if Neil actually thinksconsiders Michael Turner a "good" player. That's disgusting and if it's true, he may not be any smarter of a coach than Hughton. Granted Turner isn't close to as bad as Hughton but at most Turner should be in League 2 or a bottom 3 League 1 squad...

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    jaemae2 .

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • I`m fine, thanks. Try being more self aware, Matt, instead of just carrying on with your lamentable, sometimes nonsensical prose. I am only trying to help you, honestly. You are a soft target for the Trolls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Are you ok mad? ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • FFS squared, Matt, primm yourself four weving a different patten. Id is only a stait of mynd, mind. Think about it. Fewer is less. Less is fewer. Sumteimes. Your nott FUNN.BLIE in disgiuise, are you? LincsCan will come for you. He`s fewer ununkind than me is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Spurs are totally hit & miss.Stoke are primmed for holiday mode any week now. Newcastle are in freefall, the managers heavily under pressure and have scored less goals than even NCFC have in 2014 so It wouldnt surprised me if they lost this weekend. West Ham could well hit holiday mode any second like Stoke and the fans are on Big Sams back so get primmed for a West Ham loss. Southampton have only Lambert & a kid (who scored past us) in gallagher to choose from up top. if they dont perform saints have struggled, and having an injured keeper does not help. Id love results to go our way but weve reached that time of the season where the form book goes out the window. Pray that for the first time this season we take our own destiny into our own hands and cause an upset against someone, anyone! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Just received an e-mail saying this was rejected as it is a duplicate, but it did not post at all. I do think we will lose to Liverpool and likely Chelsea, although they have the Champions league to contend with as well as the EPL title. However, Man U's season is over so they may be on holiday when we play them, like West Brom and ManC last year, and Arsenal will be focusing on the cup final, although they may have 4th place to play for. Bottom line could be two wins and maybe a draw if the squad get's itself focused with no stupid mistakes. OTBC

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • This weekend in Spurs, Saints, Stoke, Newcastle, Hammers, Chelsea, Arsenal and Citeh we have to trust.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • oh balls! Not a Marriner fan, especially with his track record of missing things and getting things wrong. Suarez get literally bite a NCFC players ear off and Marriner will believe it was a man on the LFC bench and send him off while also booking our player for diving despite his ear being on the floor next to him. Saying that is there a ref I am keen on? Jon Moss, Kevin Friend, Lee Mason & Mike Jones are all to weak to control Premier League games IMO. Not saying its an easy job, but on the odd occassion we've had a Championship ref in charge they've done a much better job in controlling and officiating the game (once again) in my opinion. Even though I have a strong dislike for Mike Dean, he, Phil Dowd & Howard Webb are personally the top dogs in my opinion and ones i'll breathe a sign of relief when I see attached to our fixtures. Do not however get me started on Andy D'Urso's love child Michael Oliver and his history with getting things wrong and costing NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Definitely Marriner - off PL site.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • bring back Iwan roberts,he will put some bite back into our attack.Yes I am dreaming

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Oh god. Its not Marriner as ref sunday is it? Or was that a guess?

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Our hopes rest on Liverpool being jittery in a must win game for them and Andre Marriner suffering another brainstorm. It's live on telly so here's hoping our new fighting spirit shuts up a few pundits.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Thing is, JimBob, `The Coypu` gets away with it, Leroy doesn`t. ("Is refereeing impartial?". Discuss, with no reference to Battenberg and in not more than 400 words - or 4,000 for Matt). God forbid the day when Suarez`s behaviour sets the standard. It will be the end of football as we know it, Captain Kirk. That said, I might be small enough to rise above my principles should we escape the drop - just this once, of course! Being unprincipled isn`t addictive, is it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Mad - come on. You telling me someone like Suarez wouldn't do the same? He does far worse every 2.5 mins by rolling around like someone has shot him (and should be banned for the City game for about 15 yellows for that very thing). Right now, I'd take a win by any dirty means...give it some Leroy.

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    JimBob

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • All it achieves is adding to his yellow card collection, Mattias. Fer should concentrate on playing the game of football, not behaving like a Smart-Alec schoolboy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • The silly thing swiss is that actually did make me laugh! The simple ones are sometimes the best! The Leroy Fer yellow while silly could be based on if you dont try you dont get. I quite like his win by any means mind set he spoke of earlier this season.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • If we go down, we should get rid of the entire squad except Ruddy, he's a keeper.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Very sadly history shows that's exactly what they usually do.

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    rjukancanary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • What was mind-boggling to me was the pointless yellow card that Leroy Fer picked up at the free-kick, not dissimilar to his disallowed "drop ball goal" earlier in the season. It is great to be alert to opportunities, as England rugby showed against Wales, but sometimes I wonder what's going on up there.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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