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Neil Adams will relish his Norwich City selection posers

07:30 19 December 2014

Wes Hoolahan is back in the fold at Norwich City after an ankle injury. 
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Wes Hoolahan is back in the fold at Norwich City after an ankle injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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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.”

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8 comments

  • Young Loza looked good against Liverpool. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Josh up front soon. Youth and speed down the wings is the answer to getting past these teams who come and park everything in front of us. Think we'll win tomorrow.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Should be fair weather tomorrow which should help too .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Go with same starting line up. Do what's needed on the hour. 0 0 would not be disastrous. Another 1 0 pleasing. Anything more - Happy Christmas

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    Pondlife

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Go with same starting line up. Do what's needed on the hour. 0 0 would not be disastrous. Another 1 0 pleasing. Anything more - Happy Christmas

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    Pondlife

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Just proves that keeping players on the bench and using them if a player is having a not so good a day is vital to get a result, just don't wait till last 10 minutes to change things, players knowing they have to play only 45 minutes or less can put 100% effort in for the time they are on. COYY

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    goldie

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Spot on KA, I just hope that Neil does not select Wes and Howson in the same team as they are both lightweight in tackling terms. Likewise, it will be interesting to see if he starts with Redmond as he looked so good when he was introduced. However, I wonder if the preparation work done by the opposition plays a part in such performances. I presume Huddersfield had not prepared for either Redmond of Hoolahan to be introduced so in effect got caught with their pants down. Derby on the other hand will have seen what happened so should be fully prepared, tomorrow's game will be very interesting to watch indeed.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • I think that Nathan's role last Saturday was much more than a 'cameo', Paddy. He had a full half and I would say that it was probably the best we have seen from him. He waltzed past Huddersfield's left back with ease and what was also pleasing was the quality of his crosses. Just as the first half was poor for City, the second half was excellent and as Nathan was the change, we have to feel that he made much of the difference - plus scoring a goal as well. Saturday's team selection is going to be quite interesting, especially with Hoolahan and Bennett back in the mix - nice problem to have. A win tomorrow will do wonders for our season.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • I suppose "savouring" is a change from "insisting". Let's hope we get it again tomorrow after a good result. OTBC.

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    MGNdweller

    Friday, December 19, 2014

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