Neil Adams will relish his Norwich City selection posers
07:30 19 December 2014
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Neil Adams is savouring his selection posers with Norwich City’s squad almost back to full strength ahead of Saturday’s Championship trip to Derby.
Vadis Ofoe (knee) and Luciano Becchio (heel) miss out against the Rams, but the likes of midfielder Wes Hoolahan and defender Ryan Bennett are now back in contention after longer-term ankle injuries.
Adams has named an unchanged starting line up for back-to-back wins over Wigan and Huddersfield and the City chief admits he has some big calls to make for the trip to the East Midlands.
Nathan Redmond pushed his claims for a recall with an eye-catching second-half cameo in the crushing 5-0 win over the Terriers.
“It is tough to leave out good players, but I would certainly rather have that than the situation I have seen with other managers where you are struggling to fill a substitutes’ bench,” said Adams. “I haven’t had that. It is difficult because good players want to be playing, but that is a dilemma I want.
“Nathan hasn’t been dropped. There is a big difference in a player being dropped and changing a side to do a job. He didn’t play badly recently, he just wasn’t starting, but he came on and did exactly what we wanted him to do.
“He was outstanding last week, with that desire and willingness to try and beat a man. He helped us turn the game around and he was deservedly man of the match.”
Hoolahan also marked his return to the fold with a second-half assist for Lewis Grabban to complete the rout.
“Wes is another one who came on and looked like the Wes of old,” said Adams. “He was sharp and intelligent and put the ball through for Lewis’ goal. Those are the type of players you want back and it’s nice to have that problem with such a diverse range of talent. They are desperate to get on the pitch.”