Axe is ready to fall on under-performing Norwich City stars

Norwich City's players under-performed in a 4-0 Championship mauling at Middlesbrough. Picture by Pa

Norwich City's players under-performed in a 4-0 Championship mauling at Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams is warning his Norwich City players to buck up their ideas for the Championship trip to Nottingham Forest after an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

Adams is ready to consider changes to his line up for this league weekend's test at the City Ground following a no-show on Teesside from the same group of players who beat Bolton 2-1 just four days earlier at Carrow Road.

'When you get beat like that there is nobody who has a divine right to start the next game,' he said. 'We won't make any snap decisions but the Forest game is on paper as tough as Middlesbrough so of course we have to look at it and it gives others an opportunity. Middlesbrough simply wasn't good enough.

'I would hope I have a group of lads who want to go out now and put things right and show that we fell below our standards. We have a good test on Saturday and we have to be up for it.

'It is massive now. They will probably be rubbing their hands together and they will need the points as well.'

City's brittle defensive effort at the Riverside on Tuesday has earned stiff criticism.

'Goals change it because we were dominating the ball and you felt this is okay in the early period,' said Adams. 'The first goal is preventable. You look individually how we defended and it isn't good enough so I have to be hugely concerned after a heavy defeat and a performance that isn't good enough. We shouldn't be losing 4-0 to any side so I'll certainly be thinking about making decisions regarding players.

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'One game doesn't make you a bad teams or bad players and I think they (Boro) will be up there. They were organised but looking at the two starting line ups I felt both had players who can cause a problem and we showed that at the start but over the 90 minutes they were better.'