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Norwich City’s striker drought spells danger for Championship rivals

07:45 28 October 2014

Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome was denied twice at Sheffield Wednesday by Owls

Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome was denied twice at Sheffield Wednesday by Owls' keeper Keiren Westwood. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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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.”

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24 comments

  • Neil neil neil!! you're convincing no one and I suspect not even yourself; maybe if you look at the opposition and played the appropriate formation with suitable tactic maybe just maybe we might get a result against Bolton but, I suspect yet another round of "Yeah but Yeah but " ...............

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    john dab

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Retro-deleted on this one. Reason:- "Other". BPbp\el dingo sort of said what I tried to say. Perhaps dingo`s last comment was in reply to my invisible contribution? Which also had a swipe at "journalists", albeit more specifically.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Lincs, that's heresy.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • next a hosepipe ban. Crichton you are so right about defenders hearing NA 's comments raising their game so the drought wont end against them.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • 'Norwich City’s striker drought spells danger for Championship rivals' Mmmm....I bet they're all scared to death.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Maybe Hooper will want to play and score against Bolton to impress his old pal Lennon

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    Henry

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Read Mick Dennis - and the responses - via NewsNow. Journalism that works.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • We might be half way through next season in League 1 when they end their barren spell ! Does this indicate that NA doesn't know what to do ?

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    john in exile in Leeds

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • On the subject of striker droughts Villa are nearing nine hours without a goal. They must have a rubbish manager.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Forget Hooper, gives CJ and LG another dozen games and If they fail, stick Russ Martin up front. Sorted.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • A fine speech from a fine city. Rubbish headline on a rubbish article. I can feel Lennon quaking in his boots already. ..

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Yawn, this article is about as effective as our "Strikers".......POINTLESS

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • NA. Please put your energy and efforts into resolving the issues behind closed doors, and delivering results on the picth. You are sounding more and more like our last manager, and we all know how that ended, albeit far too late.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • I have to say that I'm not so sure that Hooper will be the goal machine that we want. On the evidence of most of last season and his appearances this season he seems to have a bit of an attitude problem and have been training on Delia's pies! He did score a lot of goals at Celtic but when your team creates dozens of chances for you the law of averages says you will convert some of them.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Agreed...Hooper should start and be given a run, not cameo roles. Not sure who I'd play alongside him but certainly not Grabban at present because he is out of form and frustrated - you can tell by the wild strikes he makes when on several occasions a cool head could have steered the ball home. Perhaps Lafferty, who does work hard even though he's yet to score for us.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Much the same comments from CH about Hooper and Rip Van Winkel. Same old,same old

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Isn't the article reviewing Grabbs and Jeromes performance v Sheff Wed ? Irish's comment is a sensible contribution IMO, Hoops does need a run of games, and I'm not adverse to seeing a partnership with the more experienced Jerome. INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Please don't tell me that Grabban will start Friday coz by the way Adams is talking, it sounds like it. I would rather Lafferty or Hooper be up there!

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    WsM Canary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • If strikers are not putting the ball in the back of the net then others (Hooper) should get a chance..I thought that was the idea of having a big squad with competition for places?

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • This is standard stuff from football managers! Is there a manual from which they read?!!! Frankly I don't think it will somehow automatically come right - now we are being faced with massed defences we have to up our game in terms of pace, better use of the ball and support and up front players keeping their composure when chances come rather than blasting the ball in a hit and hope manner. The way teams are setting up against us is the problem and one we simply haven't come to terms with.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • By the look on Jerome's face I think the Wednesday player is giving his rear end opinion of our efforts.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • So NA insists other defences should be on red alert, is he worried they're not too impressed by our attacking prowess? And is there some cunning plan afoot to end the barren spell? Maybe Lobbo's 'Goal Burst' rockets will signal the new style attack.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Please NA stop these 'be afraid' comments, it is counter productive on at least two counts. 1. It is a motivation to defenders to raise their game and call you to bring it on. 2. You are seen as ridiculous when you don't deliver as in the last few games.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • "Goal Burst", I'm sure my local firework shop is selling them. I'll fire a few over on Friday evening.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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