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Norwich City boss Neil Adams is not for turning

10:34 23 October 2014

Norwich manager Neil Adams remains convinced his side is on the right track.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich manager Neil Adams remains convinced his side is on the right track. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Neil Adams is not for turning in his bid to get Norwich City back to winning ways in the Championship.

The Canaries have won one of their last six league games after another frustrating home stalemate against Leeds, but the City boss insists his attacking formula will pay dividends over the long haul. Norwich’s promotion push has stalled in recent weeks after a prolific early-season goalscoring spell.

“It’s not a case of panic and making mass changes and major upheaval. We just have to turn performances into results,” said Adams. “I won’t be pointing the finger or making ridiculous statements but I accept the results are paramount. I keep hearing the phrase, ‘teams have sussed us out’. Well, teams knew what we were about from day one.

“We laid our cards on the table. It isn’t a secret; we will come to attack you, score goals and win games. That isn’t going to change. Our philosophy isn’t going to change. We may tinker and change personnel but the overriding philosophy and approach will be to put teams on the back foot, dominate the ball and go and win games. I was really pleased with the (Leeds) performance, I have got to say. Looking at it, 13 games in we are four points off the top when we feel we should be comfortably clear. That is a frustration but we have played some good football and you are hoping with the manner of the performances things will turn.”

Adams must make one enforced change for this weekend’s league trip to Sheffield Wednesday with Kyle Lafferty suspended after his fifth booking of the season. Wes Hoolahan is also out, and the Irishman travelled to London on Wednesday to see a specialist over his ankle injury. “Wes had the scan on Sunday and we sent him down with one of the physios to determine what the timeline is and how we deal with the injury,” said Adams. “With Kyle of course you don’t want to lose him because he had been doing well in international football. He just has to be a bit more careful in his approach but you don’t want to take that desire away from his game.”

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40 comments

  • baguio - So you are saying he learnt his goal-scoring skills on loan with NCFC, even though he didn't make the grade here? Smart comment.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Sorry should be 4-6 years.

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    DOBBY1970

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • I offern wonder about theas so call professional managers that city have had over the pasted 45 years and ability to see class players that have been brought in . Some have looked very poor and not good enough for Norwich yet the manger are the ones who seems to know or do they . I have to agree with Michael Merrill That board should had brought in somone like Tony Pulis that bows good players when they see them is all down to experience Neil a nice guy he will go the say way as Hughton did at this time next year or sooner sorry but that's how I see it.

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    DOBBY1970

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Yes Michigan, the same guy but what a ridiculous comment. Why was he sent out on loan to us do you think? Surely it wasn't because he wasn't ready back then and needed the experience? Surely not? IAWT

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    baguio

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • 'It isn’t a secret; we will come to attack you, score goals and win games.' So says NA. Well, it looks like a secret to me, I'm afraid, because we can't score goals or win games.... oh, and we can't defend either. Shambolic state of affairs at the moment. I'm hoping NA will turn it round, but confidence is low, we've been tactically rumbled, and I fear we'll be mid-table by Christmas.

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    wallybrain

    Friday, October 24, 2014

  • We are only 4 points off the lead. Drawing too many games because we 75% of our shots are off target. We are not shipping too many goals.. Just poor ones. What we need to work on as a team is accuracy and timing of crossing, positioning in box, finishing and dropping back into defensive formation more quickly when we lose possession..

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    jops

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • While on the subject of forwards not being able to score goals at NCFC, but can elsewhere, is the Harry Kane who is knocking them in for Spurs the same Kane who was with us and sent back as not performing? If so a hatrick for him tonight in the Europa league. If the same, he was with us some time ago, so is there some other common denominator that is turning these forwards off - a behind the scenes attacking coach who is related to a director or something??? Has anything changed in terms of attacking coaches since Hughton days? If not, maybe we need to bring someone new and capable in.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Get Tony Pulis installed while he's still available. Neil Adams - is a nice guy and a genuine NCFC fan - but let's be realistic; he was never going to make it as a successful NCFC Manager (what track record has he got apart from a kiddies cup! We haven't got time to dither about in this league!!! The results say it all and we've dropped a MASSIVE amount of points at home already and we just simply cannot afford to do that in this league. Let's get Pulis in, as his record speaks for it's self as Adams record speaks for it's self ( 1 Kiddies Cup ) To The Board Of NCFC Directors - we can't afford to wait for things to turnaround and come good as time is definitely not an option in this league!

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    Michael Merrill

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I'm not a fan of Johnson, and Tettey, unless he's changed, runs forward ten yards and passes it sideways. Producing something incisive was our problem and now appears so again from comments,course I wouldn't have first hand experience as I can no longer watch and I never could hear. Two bad results and we will be in ignominy once again. OK if you live in the locale but if you live away you have to put up with the fakers who have never even been to their chosen clubs city.. COYY

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    Gruff

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Interesting idea, Trevor Keith - giving Ollson a run on the left wing. He has pace and can indeed deliver a good ball into the box. Sadly I haven't seen Redmond progress one iota since he arrived here from Birmingham, He remains quick but doesn't appear to have learnt how to assess and deliver the right option. He shoots from impossible narrow angles when he should be crossing the ball all too often. Murphy is an exciting prospect but like Redmond is young and still on a learning curve. Playing an attacking format does require good delivery from both flanks. Did anyone notice how frustrated Hooper was when all too often we failed to play him in when he offered himself in good, open, space? Another facet of our attacking play is lack of decisive through balls from midfield and lack also of any support from midfield - Howson apart who is prepared to drive on when he gets the chance and also has good vision when using the ball. Finally it is all too obvious that we do have a real problem in our central defence. Whittaker is also often all at sea when he pushes forward and then gets caught out as he did against leeds on several occasions. He simply does not have the pace to play upfield and then get back to defend. Teams are exploiting gaps like that with quick breakaways. Regarding Ruddy, I also and reluctantly have to agree with those who say he appears to have lost his touch and maybe he is still suffering nerves as a result of the appalling defensive lapses we saw week in, week out, last season?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Tony B Tony Ive wonder that my self at times other teams seem to scorce out side of box we are so predictable we always haft to get ininto the box apart from the odd corne ? What they practice in training God only how's is not goal scroring like we here other clubs do.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • …..tonyb!...if the instructions are to walk the ball into the net, that's what the players will try to do!....Trouble is, that with 5 forwards and about 7 defenders in the box, it tends to get a bit crowded!..no width! which in turn could drag defenders away from the middle ...and with 2 more players (Johnson and Tettey mostly, just behind them), leaves a gaping hole for a breakaway!....I think you will find that's what happens at the moment!....Then its down to Ruddy!...and his white sticks!...See what I mean?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • would like to know why our strikers have lost form and why is or shooting from outside the box so poor.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Just rolling out my pre-season prediction again: 23W - 14D - 9L. 72F - 48A. 83pts. 3rd. On cumulative form, that`s not too far out. On cumulative form we`d get 77-80 pts and, hopefully, a play-off place. On current form, we`re struggling. Still 33 games to go.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Don`t invite the Devil into your backyard, Fagen!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I don't under stand Neil Adams he should be concerd that we need to get back winning becauce we fall to far behind the top then city can forget returning to the premeirship he seems to have changed his view In the last 3 weeks or so. Unles he is not under any pressure from the board to get back at first attempt maybe the board are getting cold feet thinking about all millions needed to go on players and higher wage bills as we know they all hade a pay cut before relegatshion.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Personally I thinkk Ruddy hasent be the same player since his long term injury came not the same player he seems slower these days?

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I must say i agree with the comments on ruddy conceding far too many goals from 20-25 yard shots from outside of the area

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    philip crawshaw

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • How very true. Ruddy is so slow that the ball is in the net before he reacts. I can fully understand why he was dropped by England. Even Mcnally admitted he was slow to a group of us at the end of last season. Give Rudd his chance before we lose another young keeper

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    norman feek

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Steady gone ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Totally agree with TK on the CB issue. Another thread in my ethered comments too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • so in theory, judging by the comments below, it's back to the drawing board then?

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I think that the start of the season teams were out to beat Norwich, by attacking them, but after the first few games, teams realized they need to put men behind the ball otherwise they would get well and truly beaten, & try and catch Norwich on the counter. Thats why the goals are drying up.

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    Paul Mark

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • …..If only we had a decent goalkeeper available! ...one who can stop a long range shot!....Opposition have instructions to shoot on sight!...Ruddy doesn't see the ball until he picks it out of the net!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • TK's analysis is spot on.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Sharky, it is about opinion but I honestly believe the right side of our defence is a problem at present. I too could use both feet in my day and many right footed centre backs play well to the left of centre. However, I do not think Martin and Turner are good enough together at this level and therein lies our defensive problem. Martin may well be the best Scotland has right now as a centre back but there are far better options available to us I suspect, but we have had no real chance to see that. Jos Hooiveld certainly seems better at passing the ball forward but unfortunately he appears to have been injured of late. I would rather see Martin at right back as when on form he can deliver good balls into the box something his understudy has struggled with of late.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Likewise, although I agree and fully support an attacking philosophy, there are times when going more defensive is the sensible thing to do. I had noticed that Hooper was being prepared to come off the bench when we scored the opening goal on Tuesday. The sensible option would have been to change that decision and to switch to a 4,5, 1 set up probably with O'Neil replacing Murphy. We could then have waited for Leeds to come forward, then hit them on the break. Instead, we were still throwing too many players forward and paid the ultimate price. This is not a hindsight comment as we were saying this as Hooper was being introduced. Had we then conceded the goal then we could have switched back to a 4,4,2 formation as we had only made one change at that time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Martin cant play CB in the 2nd Div but can play there for his country. Doesn't sound right does it. This left foot right foot thing. I could use both feet to score goals so whats the problem in defence? None I would suspect.

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    sharky

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I just hope this Not for turning reference does not apply to playing defenders out of position. There is little doubt where our weak point is and in each of the last three games our opponents have cashed in. Martin cannot play centre back at this level, likewise Turner is far more comfortable playing to the right of centre, we spend good money on three left footed centre backs and desperately need to use them. We sent another away on loan as well. I believe we need to return to a 4,5,1 formation on Saturday or try a three centre back approach using Olsson and Redmond as wing backs or possibly Bennet on the right as he possibly offers more defensive cover. We could then try Redmond in the hole or Howson as Hoolahan is injured.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • You may have set up an attacking team but you have neglected the defence and City have been caught too many time on the breakaway. IMO just as important to keep goals out as to score them, team let in too many soft goals for my liking no one willing to take a card for the team when breakouts could have easily be stopped with a proffesional foul, get professional like other teams. Adams you are not running a young boys team now.

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    goldie

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • neil, neil, neil... soundbites. you of all people should know we've all become a cynical jaded bunch since the reign of the unnamed. less media gumph and more action.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Read a report of the Leeds game on the East Yorks Post. Accurate. Relatively unbiased. Informative.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Read a report of the Leeds game on the East Yorks Post. Accurate. Relatively unbiased. Informative.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • The problems are minor, but the effects enormous. Adams is neither stupid nor in denial and I am sure that he will be looking to resolve our issues with the resources that are available to him. Possibly a return for Benno? Not go the pace of Redmond, but perhaps his supply is better? Also think Olsson might not be a bad option on the wing. he can deliver a ball in and might add a bit of defensive weight to our wings. I don't think Garrido is all that bad at left back.

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    NrflkM

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Conversion rate was at the heart of my forbidden comments, Algarve!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Double ethering. Perhaps it was unwise to chastise Archie for his "Big Brother" embargo on comments about the CJ affair?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I agree with what Neil Adams says in the main. He isnt stupid, he knows that our conversion rate is appalling, and that the defence is conceding almost playground level goals every week because, ironically, of the all out attack maxim. Also ironically, I wonder if John Ruddy spends so long in inactivity watching what's happening in the opposing half, that he loses that honed edge, almost out of boredom!! Adams was a winger, he knows that the wingers need to produce more supply to the strikers. It will come good, but it is massively frustrating watching the current fruitless displays.

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • The conversion rate of chances to goals is poor. Slow build-up means players shoot from too far out or from difficult angles. The midfield machine needs speeding up. Perhaps Jonny & VO-O will provide the solution? bluelight has a point. Let`s start by NOT playing Martin at CB... Early days; still 33 games to go. Hope of Dubya`s 100 goals\100 points demand is fading somewhat. Just found my pre-season prediction scribbled on a scrap of paper: 23W - 14D - 9L. 73 goals for - 48 against. 83pts. 3rd! Extrapolating our current position gives 21W - 14D - 11L. 78F - 42A. 77pts. A play-off position? Just a bit of number crunching to while away some idle minutes. Different methods of calculating could give 78-80 pts. On the bright side, we must surely get a bit more luck in front of goal ere long!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • The man is not for turning!!! shame he hasn't got war to deflect just how poor he has become.... back to the radio neily boy.

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    john dab

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • well,why not play players in the proper positions.that will be a good start neil

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    bluelight

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

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