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Neil Adams - Complacency not to blame for Norwich City no show at Reading

Neil Adams insisted Norwich City were not guilty of complacency after their Championship revival stalled at Reading.

The Canaries slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium as the struggling Royals completed a swift league double to halt City’s recent upturn, which had seen them take 10 points from 12.

Adams admitted his squad were second best but the Norwich boss refused to hide behind excuses after defeat in Berkshire.

“It definitely wasn’t complacency. And it definitely wasn’t two games in three days and the physical effects of that,” he said. “The performance just wasn’t there. The players always work hard but the quality was missing. You can normally tell with this group of players that sooner or later we will get it down and play and we’ll edge our way back in and dominate it. “We had a lot of the ball but it wasn’t really meaningful possession in the second half. We came up short without a shadow of a doubt.”

Adams will warn his players there is no time to lick their wounds as they look to pick up the pace again and stay in touch with the top six.

“The message has to be go again,” he said. “The games come thick and fast now. It will return to a Saturday, Tuesday schedule as it was before. We have to make sure we look after ourselves and not worry about anyone else.

“We did it before when Reading won at our place. We said we needed to get back on track and the Wigan game was key. We went solid at Wigan, followed it up and you could see the confidence in the players because that style from the early part of the season was back.”

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19 comments

  • I can't see why fans don't blame the board for God sack they appointed Adams to same another salary because they have a one track mind in savings money ,and more millions in the bank and the more goes into thair pocket because of the shares they own . One or two players will probably leave in January or at the end of the season if the board get big money for them and Adams will half to buy cheaper players to fill the gaps just a spineless board with no ambition exspect for building a bigger bank balance.

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • obi wan turn off the spell checker.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Sorry auto spellings mistake, when it all blows up in their faces.etc

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • I don't like Ipswich but give them credit sitting top no big money signings several loans 34million dept but what else do they have experienced manager , what do we have a spineless board a rookie manager who's is the boards puppet and millions in the clubs bank account and as we no the board will sell 1-2 top players for millions then get . Adams to bring in cheaper one to fill the gaps and in the end when it all goes up in the boards faces Adams will take the full blame for what's happening then sack him.

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Yes I agee a bunch of losers that stem from this useless Board of spineless idiots because than can never make the right decisions by appointing the right manager. I am not a Crytal Palace fan but I give the owner gredit if something is not workings or someone .not sack them and replace them .

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    Obi- wan

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Just love a bit of pre New Year misery. Sack the manager, sack the board, the whole team are losers. Get Malky in (ignore his unsavoury character),get Lennon in (he can bring Heskey with him). Sack Delia, get Vincent Tan in. Bring back Holtie despite his injury. Oh gosh, we're all doomed.

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Thanks for clearing that up sharky, normally these days you see the ref talk to both players and then get the corner retaken. However, such a set back should not have sunk us but the defending for their second goal was school boy errors across the back line, starting with Olsson, who failed to track their winger to the goal line. Such a shame Cuellar missed out as I think he was adding a bit of nous to the defence.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • Mid table championship is what Norwich FC are fair value for and under the current setup is the very best we can hope for. As for the future - Well plenty of hot air rhetoric and good old optimism from the pityful.

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    Regulador

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

  • TK both were tugging each other. Give one and you have to give ten. Give ten and it might stop it. Soft pen to say the least.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Should be "needs" not "leads" and definitely not "Leeds".

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • You got it Kenny boy: "bunch of losers". Once things start to go wrong for them, their heads go down and they simply give up. If you have no players on the pitch who particularly care if they win or lose, you will lose quite a few matches. The team leads leadership and has not had it since Grant Holt left. There do not appear to be any characters in the team, just journeymen, has-beens or never-wasses who don't take any responsibility for the results.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • The Manager can trot out bland comments all he likes about what was NOT the cause for another spineless surrender against inferior opposition. This leaves the supporters to draw their own conclusions as to the REAL causes. Like lack of effort, desire, character or team responsibility. We really did look like a bunch of losers .

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • I honestly cannot see City getting more wins than Bournemouth, Middlesborough, Derby, Ipswich or Watford from now to end of season. So automatic promotion has gone as far as I can see. No idea how this might be changed. We talk about having a squad, but we don't play as a squad, otherwise we wouldn't have put tired players out at Reading. We'll lose players in the summer so time for desperate measures somewhere but I have no idea what those desperate measures might be!

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • They weren't complacent. They just thought they'd win very easily + under-estimated the opposition.....Hope they've been watching Preston over the last couple of games or we're in for another Cup farce.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Mikey B I agree, If Neil is so sure he knows what it is not, perhaps he can tell us what it is.Sure looked like complacency though.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Did anybody get a clear view of what led to their penalty, there is little doubt that it played a major part in our downfall. I even recorded the goals and watched them in slow motion but still saw nothing but the camera positioning was not perfect. Our team still seems to suffer from such set backs and let their heads drop for some reason. That is the mind set that needs to change if we are to regain a top six place.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • This isn't an explanation. A whole team cannot be so woeful in the space of two days......

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    JB

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Probably about time our manager worked out what IS the problem instead of what ISN'T wrong. We had a good run at the start of the season and experienced managers "worked us out". Then the slump as NA tried to devise a Plan B. Start by packing the midfield then bring on Wes and Redmond. That worked for a while and has now been scuppered. He needs to start thinking a few moves ahead and stop being so predictable.

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • I suspect the management team were complacent, thinking that their new formation, playing four central midfielders would continue to work unopposed. Reading obviously done their homework and found a way to beat such a system. Their second goal, due to very poor defending by the whole back four won them the game. Our plan B was to throw Redmond and Wes on but that was too little too late on the day and for me leaves us with too many light players if you also keep Howson on the pitch.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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