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Norwich City can drag themselves out of a Championship trough at Hillsborough

07:30 25 October 2014

Norwich City boss Neil Adams knows Sheffield Wednesday are in a Championship trough along with his own side. 
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Norwich City boss Neil Adams knows Sheffield Wednesday are in a Championship trough along with his own side. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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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.”

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11 comments

  • Hi 'Steely Dan', I think the clue is in your name. Most old fashioned miner \ steel worker boozers are well gone, times have changed. What years were you here? NC are away at Rotherham for their last home game of the season, I'd like to think we will already be promoted by then. Funny game football.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Lobbo ,Rotherham is a beautiful spot. Last time I was there went in the Maulders Arms. Looking on google maps it is boarded up. Has it reopened yet ?

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Been to many a match at Hillsborough especially when living in Nottingham. Had a mate who lived 3 houses from Hillsborough park and spend several weekends there. Was a great atmosphere pre all-seating days. Was also the location for one of the most disappointing city days with the FA Cup SF defeat to Sunderland. That should have been our moment. Will be over to the UK for 12 term and just ordered tickets for next Saturday for me and the 2 boys. Total cost for the 3 of us was the same as a single adult ticket for the mare at Fulham (30 notes). Great value. My youngest has yet to witness a win. Might leave him with grandma!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Just airing the flat cap and walking the whippet and I'll be off shortly. You've got it sussed 'brew', the locals know how to live it up around here. Wont be on until late with my "man at the match report", should beat the fans buses home though. Come on you yellows!!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Thinking of oodles of booze and lashings generally, where`s the Dastardly Despot of Yabba Dabba Abu Dhabi lately? Let`s be `avin` ya, Dubya! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • In the picture can NA smell a rat.

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    Randy

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Indeed, ScotCan, but they`re Delia`s posh taters & turnips. Washed down with oodles of Pinot Grigio & Woodforde`s Mild.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • I am sure that Lobbo will get all of those delights, MB. Just as the Carra Rudd staples are turnips and 'taters!

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Will you get haute cuisine in that posh box, Lobbo? Tripe, meat & potato pies, chips, lashings of Tetley`s Bitter etc?? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Going to the match today (with my canary supporting 13 year son). A good friend has a box, so it's footie with all the trimmings. One of these matches we're going to score a hat-full. Hope it's this one. If Donnie Rovers and Barnsley hadn't been relegated last season I'd have had 4 teams within 15 miles of my house for away games !

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • I hope The Owls have 65% of possession and we score the only goal of the match with the only shot on target!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

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