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Norwich City have the ammunition to inflict damage on Championship rivals

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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18 comments

  • I hope and expect to see Jerome and Hooper start together tomorrow as they represent potentially the best pairing we have up front. I am not convinced about how Grabban fits in nor am I convinced about Lafferty full stop. He works hard but is prone to picking up bookings and still hasn't netted for us. While I am sure we won't and cannot be cavalier tomorrow, we must offer a threat and work to get the ball from back to front quicker and put Derby under some pressure. If we let them come on to us we won't get anything because we still don't appear to be quick enough on the counter.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • That's right Foggo, we need snipers, we need telescopic sights we need precision. A point this week will be a result in one sense of the word.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Having the Ammunition is all very well , what's wanted are people who can direct that onto a target , and people who can shoot straight .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Nice to go looking for a win but anyone who gets a point at Derby will have done well.

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    cutty

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Let's hope the ammunition isn't damp this week.

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Now Adams dont change the front two like you normally do and leave your favourite Grabban out. Keep playing like M Phelan told you to do last week and you might last a little longer before he takes over,and please let Mike Phelan have the say in transfers' not you'

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    El tel

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • According to the FA homepage the cut off date for yellow cards is 1st december in the FL, not 1 jan as it is in the PL... So Martin will score on saturday- we just need to make sure we score more!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Steely, NA scored a penalty v Huddersfield back in '98 .......... Llewellyn, Jackson, Roberts, Bellamy, Fenn scored v Swindon ............ just another stat - we also got knocked out of the League Cup by Barnet and FA Cup by Grimsby in the opening rounds of course !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Win at Derby and we might start believing again........OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • We had Neal Fenn on loan from Spurs who looked awesome. Whatever happened to him?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • nmtd - yes you are right, it was April 98. Four days after the second 5 nil win Mike Walker was sacked. I think that Neil will have played in those two games.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Read somewhere Martin would be suspended after picking up 5 cards and also didn't they have a player sent off midweek? Every little helps. Not great memories of Derby away days. Saw a few as I lived 8 years in Nottingham. Witness a pretty horrible stabbing incident outside the Baseball Ground. That was back in the bad old days.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Ignoring Derby for a mo, the last time we beat Huddersfield 5-0 we followed it up with another 5-0 the next home game smashing 5 past Swindon, late nineties I recall .......... hopefully we'll do the same v Millwall

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • I agree with the posts here and would also add, teams often follow up a high scoring game with a draw or low scoring game and I would certainly settle for a point this weekend. The one thing in our favour though is that Derby had a hard game on Tuesday against Chelsea, so are probably carrying a few knocks so it is a good time to play them.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Very often the game immediately before xmas is a drab low key affair. Like workers everywhere the players are looking ahead to the festivities and want to get off the pitch asap. Given the fact that its also an early lunchtime ko. then I will go for a goalless draw.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Derby has to be the acid test.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Neil Adams & Mike Phelan = Dream Team

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    21

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Yes, the game against Derby will be a good test as to whether or not we have indeed 'turned a corner' or was the game against Huddersfield another 'false dawn'. Well, my glass is 'half full' and whilst we may not get all 3 points at the iPro, I'm confident that we'll see a very different style of play compared to what we witnessed for the month of November!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

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