Norwich City’s striker drought spells danger for Championship rivals
07:45 28 October 2014
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Neil Adams insists Championship defences should be on red alert for another goal burst when Norwich City duo Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban end their barren spell.
Both started the season in prolific goalscoring form but the strikers have fired blanks in recent weeks, with Jerome’s late equaliser against Rotherham the pair’s only goal in the last five league games.
The City frontmen found Sheffield Wednesday’s Keiren Westwood in defiant mood at Hillsborough in a goalless weekend stalemate, but Adams has no fears his first choice duo will get back on the goal trail.
“We know they haven’t scored as many in the last four or five but if you had offered Cameron and Lewis the goals they are on now at the start of the season they would probably have taken it,” he said. “Of course because they started so well there is a little bit of disappointment, but in terms of what you ask your strikers to do when they are going through a spell like this I felt I got that (against the Owls).
“They both worked their socks off, the link between them was a lot better and they played like a pair, for sure, and they got shots away and on target. When Cameron was flicking things on you saw Lewis in and around him close by and that is what we talked about. You saw Lewis Grabban chasing a lost cause at the end he had no right to and it showed how hard he is prepared to work.”
Grabban snatched at an early chance to end his drought when he hammered a shot against Westwood.
“He went for power,” said Adams. “As a striker when you are through against the keeper in that sort of situation you go for placement or power. Whether he thinks the keeper is going to commit and he tries to stick it right down the middle, it is a split second decision and they always say go for power if you are unsure. He hit it and the keeper guessed right. It was a very good chance and you fancy Lewis from there.”