Gary Hooper hailed by Neil Adams after key role in Norwich City’s 6-1 Boxing Day demolition of Millwall
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Neil Adams hailed Gary Hooper’s two-goal display in Norwich City’s 6-1 Boxing Day demolition of Millwall at Carrow Road.
Hooper grabbed a brace and had a key assist for Bradley Johnson’s first in an all-round performance that drew praise from Adams.
Johnson matched Hooper in the goal stakes with his second consecutive home brace with Steven Whittaker and Cameron Jerome weighing in against a poor Lions’ outfit who replied through Jermaine Easter.
“I thought Gary was outstanding today,” said Adams. “We talk about playing in between their midfield and defence and we thought there would be plenty of space today and that is Gary’s game. Coming off to get the ball and what you notice today he didn’t just drop off to link the play, he looked sharp today. He runs at defenders and a real handful and I was delighted he got his goals. He made the first one look ridiculously easy. He is that link between midfield and strikers and we know he can finish for fun.
“It was goals galore. We wanted to keep a clean sheet. That is not being picky but we set ourselves high standards. Today you can’t criticise anything. From start to finish we totally dominated the game and the pleasing thing was not just we won but we did it in style and everyone goes home happy.”
Millwall boss Ian Holloway pulled no punches on his side’s limp offering.
“You cannot be a Millwall player if you don’t stand up to be counted,” he said. “I was looking for fight and spirit in the second half but I didn’t see it.
I have seen it before in football - but not with this group of players. Obviously I will be looking for a big response against Bournemouth. It wasn’t so long ago that we went to their place and drew 2-2 after being 2-0 down.
“We need that sort of performance and we also need the fans to stay with us, because if they don’t it will be even more difficult for us. The good thing is that we have got half a season to be better than this - and we must be better than this, that’s for sure. Norwich are a good side - and they should be up at the top end with the players they have got and the parachute money they have. They exploited our weaknesses to the full. There were just so many mistakes and it got to the stage where I was almost afraid to attack as they would then just hit us on the break. To be honest it was just horrible to watch. It could have been a lot worse than 6-1.”
Alex Tettey was not part of City’s squad for the latest Championship home romp. Adams confirmed afterwards the Norwegian is a major doubt for Sunday’s trip to Reading after failing to recover from a knee injury aggravated against Derby. Carlos Cuellar is also a major concern after departing in the closing moments against the Lions with a tight calf.
City’s squad will be assessed on Saturday prior to heading to Berkshire.