Never doubt my players says Norwich City boss Neil Adams

07:37 22 December 2014

Norwich manager Neil Adams was delighted with his players response to adversity at Derby. 
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Norwich manager Neil Adams was delighted with his players response to adversity at Derby. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Never doubt my players declared Neil Adams after Norwich City’s brave comeback frustrated promotion rivals Derby in a 2-2 Championship thriller.

Adams on penalty decisions

Martin Olsson is fouled in the box and I am honest enough to say if it had been given it would have been a soft one, but he was fouled. A foul inside the box is a penalty. Anywhere else on the pitch the referee gives it and we all get on with it. I know the gravity of the decision, given the fact it was in the box, meant it probably leads to a goal and the win. Maybe Martin was (too honest). If he goes down then it adds a little bit more weigh to the referee’s decision. He almost bounces up and I am looking at the referee and thinking to myself, ‘listen if you think that is a foul then you have to give a penalty here.’ Derby’s was a penalty. The player is clever, he comes the blind side of Carlos Cuellar who is thinking he is going to strike the ball.

The Canaries fell behind twice, with City old boy Chris Martin a key figure for the Rams when he set up Johnny Russell before slotting a second half penalty to cancel out Cameron Jerome’s equaliser. City bravely rallied, however, and were full value for Steven Whittaker’s 89th minute leveller to stay seventh, four points outside the play-off spots ahead of a festive double header against Millwall and Reading.

“I thought the commitment and the attitude was first class,” said delighted Canaries’ chief Adams. “At 2-1 down many sides would have crumbled. It was a big kick in the teeth to concede so soon after getting back on terms. The lads gave everything. We actually got stronger and I was just hoping the fourth official would put up seven or eight minutes instead of four. It’s as good as we have played all season. We were outstanding all game.

“It was a fantastic performance the way we set up to stop Derby playing. Not many teams will come and press them as high as we did and you have to brave to do that. It worked almost to perfection. You can always tell when the crowd are getting a little bit edgy because Derby didn’t get into their rhythm all afternoon.”

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  • React on the article not the headline. Nowhere does he say that. More lazy clumsy journalism. Did you actually bother to read it?

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    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Never doubt my players ? Well of course not Neil , after all , their stunning performance so far this season would give no reasonable person any cause for concern at all , have they ? Silly silly thing to say .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Monday, December 22, 2014

  • Erm, just you I doubt Neil

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    B Inners

    Monday, December 22, 2014

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