Neil Adams admits Norwich City’s 4-0 Boro hammering marked a new low
22:50 04 November 2014
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Neil Adams admitted Norwich City’s 4-0 Championship hammering at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night marked the lowest point of his reign.
The Canaries were embarrassed at the Riverside as Adams’ squad crashed to their fourth league defeat of the season. Patrick Bamford and Grant Leadbitter’s brace put Boro in total command before Yanic Wildschut cashed in on John Ruddy’s late spill to cap a miserable outing for the City chief.
“We got what we deserved. No excuses. It wasn’t good enough, at all,” said Adams. “I was surprised after Friday and the Bolton win. We looked at the team and felt the same lads could cause them problems after watching Middlesbrough. I saw them at Rotherham and we felt we could do much more than we produced. We started okay, had quite a lot of the ball early on but the manner of the goals we conceded were not good enough. We didn’t look like we could get into the game.
“Without a doubt that is the worst I have seen and the worst I have felt since taking over. It is a heavy defeat and there are not many positives at all. One game doesn’t make you a bad team or bad players but we certainly nowhere near as fluent. We didn’t show the desire or the conviction we had the other night and of course as a manager that must be a concern. The players are honest lads, we have to play and perform better.”
Adams accepted Boro’s contentious penalty when Russell Martin was adjudged to have shoved George Friend prior to the interval had little impact on the final outcome.
“It wasn’t a penalty. I asked Russell after the game and he said it wasn’t,” conceded the City boss. “I don’t think it would have changed the game. Looking at the second half I don’t think it would have affected it. If we had made more a fist of it you could say we were harshly done by.
“We had good players in that side who didn’t play well. We made individual errors, our distribution was poor, just the basics really. That is what Middlesbrough did well. The football wasn’t exceptional but we didn’t do it at all. There is no doubt they were better than us.”