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Neil Adams will not flog his Norwich City stars

Norwich manager Neil Adams is mindful of burnout on his squad. 
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Norwich manager Neil Adams is mindful of burnout on his squad. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams will box clever to avoid flogging his Norwich City squad in the pursuit of Championship promotion.

The Canaries face a gruelling 46-game slog back in the second tier after three seasons in the Premier League, and Adams realises that heavy workload may place a huge strain on his key men.

Adams made 11 changes for the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Shrewsbury and is expected to shuffle his pack again for Saturday’s Championship trip to Blackpool.

“We’re at a point in the season, approaching nine or 10 games in, when we have to take stock and look at the number of minutes they have played,” he said. “The training here is at a very high intensity. You could take it easy Monday to Friday, I suppose, and get the players through the games easier but I don’t think they would be at it in the manner I want them to be.

“The successful teams I played in trained at high intensity and then took that into matches. It’s not time to start changing the team in a big way, but you may have to take one or two out, not because they aren’t playing well, but because they need a breather.

“One or two were just saying they were starting to feel it after the Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and that is only natural. It’s the 21st century and you could argue players should play every day but the number of games can take a heavy toll.”

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23 comments

  • Trite to say so,but fitness is highly important in Sport at any level.The high intensity training that NA requires our players to have could explain why we win matches in the second half because we are fitter than the opposition.Rest is also important in maintaining a high level of fitness The body can only take so much of a pounding before the law of diminishing returns starts to apply.We have a big enough squad for NA to apply rotation where necessary to combat this.By comparison,Ip5wich without this advantage will not last the pace and will not reach the Playoffs,

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    irongloves

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

  • Whatever our views on grammar, john doe has a point regarding content. I clicked on this story thinking that Archie was trying to whip up panic ahead of the January window. What better way to divert attention from a good start to the season than to re-open (hyphenate or not?) speculation about losing key players to other clubs with more money than success? It turns out to be a reasoned argument by NA with himself about match fitness and match practice. Maybe it's Archie's headline writer who should be rested for a couple of articles.

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    MGNdweller

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

  • Am with you baguio - sick and tired of the Burke Brewer and his cronies scouring these boards picking up on peoples grammar (missed it on purpose!). Get a life some of you or just join a scrabble club and bog off. This is a football board and while correct grammar should be appreciated - it should not detract from the value of people's opinion (put it in then). Given MB's following, I am expect I am in for a 'shoeing' - but someone needs to stand up to this pseudo intellectual bullying.

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    john doe

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Agree with everything you say MB. However there was no effort there and the comments were ridiculous! Sorry if you don't agree but that's my opinion!

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Commas, not comma`s Baguette. Unless you mean `belonging to a comma`. I`ve never met a comma. Use your loaf. There are many people who post opinions, not necessarily in perfect grammar\perfect spelling. As long as there is an effort to communicate; it`s just good manners to use recognizable English. Like. Y`know. As if. Etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • He brought up the errors thing, not me. Out

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • I didn't have to read bluesky's point more than once. I also didn't realise we had to spell perfectly to be allowed an opinion.

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    bonesy

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Thank you e18 canary. I will remember. I don't profess to be an expert but I like to think that my posts can be understood without the need to read them two or three times?

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • So high intensity training means players are too tired to be able to play as many games as they might otherwise do. I can understand high intensity training for the PL, but is this the best course for the Championship? Anyone with experience in training with any thoughts?

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Baguio - if you're going to correct punctuation etc you need to remember that there is no apostrophe in the word 'commas'. On the ball, City! Adams needs to play Josh Murphy on the left; I thought he was great when he came on last week - first time I've seen him live.

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    e18 canary

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • As long as we don't get The Birmingham Blues and Turn to Stone against Blackpool we should reach our Eldorado.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Some players still play on with injuries whereas other drop out with the slightest pull, it has ever been so but it takes all sorts to make a team. I fear Wes is one of the former and hence he was desperate to play against Birmingham but in some respects that backfired on the team. Holt also played on whatever little niggles and knocks he had. However as Baguio points out Neil Adams and his management team know far better than us given they are in daily contact with the player and as he wants to win every game, he will try to make the right call on all players he selects.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Great you must be a ELO fan too, Norwich city football team must hold on tight to there dreams than.

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    mrbluesky

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • cos Neil wont flog his stars, thats Gary Megson's job.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Maybe there's an argument from mrblueskys point of view that Usain Bolt should compete in athletic meets every weekend of the year after all it's only running in a straight line for less than 10 seconds at a time. Perhaps even combine with a part-time job selling hot dogs at the stadium during his 'down time' .......... #Sun is shinin' in the sky, There ain't a cloud in sight#

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    nevermindthedanger

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • And yes I know that 'you' should read 'your'.

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Sorry mrbluesky but somehow I think that NA knows what he's talking about far more than you. It amazes me when people say how top class athletes should be able to work to maximum intensity every single day without a problem because they don't have another job to do. They're not super human you know! Secondly there is far more than one error in you first comment 1) 'to much' should read 'too much' 2) Numerous capital letters in the middle of sentences and after comma's or not capitals when they should be (i). 3) Spelling atrocious throughout! Do I need to go on? Must try harder (and talk sense).

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    baguio

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Forget the flogging just beat the opposition.

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    Sherbert

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • I hear you and I also used to play football and rugby each week with training and the odd game of squash or tennis thrown in and did it for the enjoyment too, but these players are working at a level of intensity that is way beyond anything I could have achieved so I am happy that they do get rested.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • my comments had one error in, It should read Played for Nothing

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    mrbluesky

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • O' i feel so sorry for Norwich players having to play more than two games a week, When i played Amateur football in Norwich we played Saturdays,Sundays and mid week matches and also had trained once a week and still had to go to Work the next day, I think professional players are to much wrapped up in cotton wool these days,That's why they seem to pick up injuries so easy, And i would still want to play my best team against Blackpool this saturday as every point count's in this league, And Not give players a day off After all they get paid for the sport they are in and as amateur footballers we only played nothing but injoyed every minute of every football match we played in ,so that's my opinon,

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    mrbluesky

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • NA looks as though he needs a right good cuddle.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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