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Norwich City have the ammunition to inflict damage on Championship rivals

PUBLISHED: 08:56 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:56 18 December 2014

Cameron Jerome and Gary Hooper are forging a potent partnership at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome and Gary Hooper are forging a potent partnership at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists the Canaries’ firepower spells danger for Championship defences.

City head to promotion rivals Derby this weekend buoyed by a thumping 5-0 win over Huddersfield that saw Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome end barren spells. Gary Hooper also created two assists after marking his return to the first team fold with two goals in two games recently against Brighton and Reading.

Hooper and Jerome have formed a potent partnership during City’s upturn and Adams knows he has the ammunition to wreak havoc.

“When you have strikers of the four we’ve got, and I include Kyle Lafferty in that, then we are confident we can hurt teams,” he said. “We don’t have to chase games, but when we do put it together we are difficult to stop. Strikers know they can be playing well and contributing, but they are judged on goals. The partnership with Gary and Cam has worked over the last few games, but if we feel the attributes of Lewis and Kyle are better suited we will use them. Gary, playing as he is, will give any team problems. His set-up header and back-heel for the goals were excellent.”

Adams is confident City can maintain their surge on Saturday in the East Midlands.

“We go to Derby to win the game. That wouldn’t change irrespective of recent games, but we said before Wigan we needed to get back on track in terms of results,” he said. “We go to Derby, then the festive games, Millwall and Reading, so we have a good opportunity now in front of us.

“The Huddersfield game was reminiscent of the start of the season when we were opening teams up. It had to be done the right way, when they had a man sent off, and sometimes as a manager you can feel really pleased for the staff and players when the game goes to plan. You don’t tend to get that too often and we felt we have deserved a bit more of that this season.”

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