Norwich City can drag themselves out of a Championship trough at Hillsborough
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Neil Adams detects the same flaws and fragility in Sheffield Wednesday as his own Norwich City.
Both have struggled to turn Championship draws into wins and general dominance into goals, but the Canaries’ boss insists the Owls will not match his squad’s desire to set the recent record straight at Hillsborough.
The Canaries’ head to Yorkshire on Saturday in the midst of a winless league run but Adams feels such worrying headline figures do not tell the full story.
“You have two teams at the minute who are not really banging them in,” he said. “They’re not scoring too many goals either and both clubs will be keen to get back to winning ways, but we’ll be keener. They had a good start to the season and they have tailed off since. The good thing about these last four games is we are positive and the spirit is there. The simple fact is we are playing well. If these four games had been really bad performances or we were not looking like creating chances then I would be concerned and the mood and the morale would be a concern.
“Supporters can see the superiority we have in the games, which is why we are confident we can win the next match. They have a few players who could hurt us for sure but I look at my squad and how we can go out and win the game.”
Much of the focus has inevitably settled on City’s meagre goal return of late but Norwich’s vulnerability to the counter-attack is another troubling facet.
“We’ve been done three times on the counter and we’re well aware of it,” said Adams. “We are getting punished quite harshly. If the opposition had four or five in a game you could pay with one, but they are having one or two and managing to score against us. You look at the goal Leeds scored and there were two or three errors; losing the ball, not dealing with it in the middle third and then not dealing with it defensively. You can see the players kicking themselves when they come in and thinking, ‘Just stick your foot through it,’ but we have tried to play the ball out in the last two games.
“It isn’t bad luck when you study it in football terms, we need to do better. We will learn from it. At times you just have to clear the ball and re-group. Letting in a cheap counter-attacking goal is costing us points.”